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The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

3.00pm Newbury

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Palace Pier wins the Lockinge Stakes
  • Distance 1m
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £350,000

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

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money

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Palace Pier dominates rivals to win the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

Star miler runs out a convincing winner under Frankie Dettori at Newbury

Palace Pier confirmed himself as the dominant horse in the mile division with an authoritative display in Newbury’s flagship race, the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.

Backers of the 1/2 favourite barely had a moment’s worry. Palace Pier travelled supremely well throughout the contest; eventually beating the game Lady Bowthorpe by a length and a half.

Rider Frankie Dettori was full of confidence in the son of Kingman. The 50-year-old even allowing himself a leisurely look at his rivals at the two furlong pole. Seeing no obvious threat he set Palace Pier alight on the rail, the colt immediately bursting clear of his rivals.

A thrilled Dettori commented afterwards “I was looking for Ryan (Moore), but he was in trouble three out. I knew he (Palace Pier) stays the mile really well, so I kicked on.”

 

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.

  • Course plan
  • Course Intro

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.

Getting there

The Racecourse,
Newbury
RG14 7NZ

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