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The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

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History

The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, run at Newbury, is the second of the British Champions Series mile (1,600 metres) races. The event, established in 1958, was upgraded to Group 1 status in 1995 and is open to four-year-olds and over.

Winning the Lockinge Stakes meant so much to Richard Hannon on his way to the 2010 Champion Trainer title that he could not hold back the tears after Richard Hughes rode Paco Boy into the winner’s enclosure (apparently his emotional outburst was sparked for the horse, one of his favourites and who retired at the end of that season).

If in doubt, though, back any Lockinge Stakes horse trained by Sir Michael Stoute. He can boast an unrivalled seven victories, including two by Soviet Line, one of only three horses to have won the race twice in a row.

Frankel’s flawless career included a Lockinge triumph in 2012, and since then Godolphin have won four runnings, including with Ribchester in 2017.

Current leading jockeys: Frankie Dettori, 4 wins (1994, 2000, 2008, 2014)
Current leading trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, 8 wins (1986, 1990, 1995-6, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2019)

Previous winners

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2018

Mustashry gives Sir Michael Stoute eighth triumph

Mustashry put up a career-best performance as he skated away from his rivals to lift the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

Taking trainer Sir Michael Stoute’s record tally in this mile feature to eight, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned six-year-old landed a first Group One after just one previous attempt, with retained jockey Jim Crowley in the saddle.

Ostilio was soon setting the pace in the QIPCO British Champions Series contest, with star filly Laurens keeping him company and Mustashry well in touch.

There were plenty in with chances two furlongs out, before Mustashry and Laurens looked to fight out the finish.

Mustashry (9-1) got on top just inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by two and a half lengths.

Accidental Agent stayed on well to claim third place, half a length away, with Ken Condon’s Irish challenger Romanised running well in fourth, just ahead of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Le Brivido.

Stoute said: “We knew this horse was in very good shape and I have to confess that it’s Jade (Ransley) who has made this horse – she rides him and has looked after him from the very start.

“He’s had his niggles, but I’ve never had him better than today.

“The Queen Anne is the race that comes to my mind, while remembering he is versatile and has won over a mile and a quarter.

“But I think the Queen Anne is what Sheikh Hamdan wants.”

Crowley said: “He beat a good filly into second, and he now feels like a proper horse, having won over seven, a mile and a mile and a quarter.”

Karl Burke is eyeing a rematch with the winner at Royal Ascot for Laurens.

The North Yorkshire trainer said: “I was delighted with her run, she lost her lead, but then in the last 50 yards got her second wind and stayed on again, so I’m sure there’s some improvement in her. She will go for the Queen Anne next and it will be fillies’ only (races) after that.”

Results

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The Course

Newbury may have a slightly shorter history than some of Britain’s other leading racecourses – give or take a few hundred years – but the Berkshire venue, which celebrated its centenary in 2005, has its own unique character.

How many racecourses, for instance, can claim to have been used as prisoner-of-war camps in World War I? Newbury racecourse also boasts its own light-aircraft runway and a dedicated railway station, and was once a neighbour of the Greenham Common airbase, the home of US Air Force bombers, before it closed down at the end of the Cold War.

Newbury was founded shortly after the Norman conquest in the 11th century. Its racecourse, which also hosts celebrated jump races such as the Hennessy Gold Cup, earns its place in the QIPCO British Champions Series by staging the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in May.

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RG14 7NZ

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