May 18 / 15.35 Newbury

15.35

Good

Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £226840
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

50/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.00
  • Place: £4.20

Form: 16223-

Last run: 218 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Stablemate of Inspiral; front-runner; performed well in a few major 7f contests last season, winning once and runner-up twice; however, has enough to prove on first crack at 1m and first attempt at Group 1 level.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Audience

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Stablemate of Inspiral; front-runner; performed well in a few major 7f contests last season, winning once and runner-up twice; however, has enough to prove on first crack at 1m and first attempt at Group 1 level.

50/1

1st

1

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Audience

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Stablemate of Inspiral; front-runner; performed well in a few major 7f contests last season, winning once and runner-up twice; however, has enough to prove on first crack at 1m and first attempt at Group 1 level.

50/1

OUR TIP

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 833-11 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; ran respectably in top 1m races won by Paddington last season; 2-2 this term, readily winning the Doncaster Mile (Listed) then coming with a late surge to beat Poker Face in the bet365 Mile at Sandown (Group 2); better than ever as a 4yo and may well improve further; major player.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Charyn

9st 2lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

Acts on soft; ran respectably in top 1m races won by Paddington last season; 2-2 this term, readily winning the Doncaster Mile (Listed) then coming with a late surge to beat Poker Face in the bet365 Mile at Sandown (Group 2); better than ever as a 4yo and may well improve further; major player.

9/2

2nd

3

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Charyn

9st 2lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

Acts on soft; ran respectably in top 1m races won by Paddington last season; 2-2 this term, readily winning the Doncaster Mile (Listed) then coming with a late surge to beat Poker Face in the bet365 Mile at Sandown (Group 2); better than ever as a 4yo and may well improve further; major player.

9/2

40/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 410-53 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Successful in 7f events at Royal Ascot (handicap) and this course (Group 2) last season; inferior form over 1m, including defeats in races won by Poker Face (twice) and Charyn; stiff task back up in trip.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

11

(1)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 37y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Witch Hunter

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Hold-up horse who is at his best off a strong pace, which he got last season when winning the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) and the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury (7f, good to soft); this should be run to suit and he ran creditably when third (albeit well beaten) in a curious renewal of the Lockinge at Newbury last time; lots to like.

5/1

3rd

10

(7)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Witch Hunter

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Successful in 7f events at Royal Ascot (handicap) and this course (Group 2) last season; inferior form over 1m, including defeats in races won by Poker Face (twice) and Charyn; stiff task back up in trip.

40/1

Form: 25111- D

Last run: 196 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Acts on good to soft, below par once on soft; six-time Group 1 winner, including twice in the Marois; beat Big Rock by just over 1l in the 2023 running of that race, then justified favouritism in the Sun Chariot (readily) and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (upped to 1m2f; led close home); highly respected.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

11

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Inspiral

8st 13lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Acts on good to soft, below par once on soft; six-time Group 1 winner, including twice in the Marois; beat Big Rock by just over 1l in the 2023 running of that race, then justified favouritism in the Sun Chariot (readily) and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (upped to 1m2f; led close home); highly respected.

2/1

4th

11

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Inspiral

8st 13lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Acts on good to soft, below par once on soft; six-time Group 1 winner, including twice in the Marois; beat Big Rock by just over 1l in the 2023 running of that race, then justified favouritism in the Sun Chariot (readily) and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (upped to 1m2f; led close home); highly respected.

2/1

1st

3

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newmarket

Inspiral

9st 5lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

She's not ultra-reliable and hasn't been at her very best on three of her last six starts; however, she's won four 1m Group 1s (good to soft/good to firm; including C&D), the most recent the Prix Jacques le Marois in August on her latest start, and holds leading claims if at the top of her game.

10/11

5th
6 (4)
Hi Royal

40/1

Form: 3990-3 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Big-priced second in last year's 2,000 Guineas but his form tailed off, including twice in cheekpieces, later in 2023; needs to build on Newmarket reappearance effort (placed in Group 3); headgear reapplied.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

Big-priced second in last year's 2,000 Guineas but his form tailed off, including twice in cheekpieces, later in 2023; needs to build on Newmarket reappearance effort (placed in Group 3); headgear reapplied.

40/1

5th

6

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Hi Royal

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

Big-priced second in last year's 2,000 Guineas but his form tailed off, including twice in cheekpieces, later in 2023; needs to build on Newmarket reappearance effort (placed in Group 3); headgear reapplied.

40/1

Form: 12221- D

Last run: 210 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Front-running French colt who did well last year for Christopher Head and ties in closely with Inspiral on Marois running; unchallenged in soft-ground QEII at Ascot on final start, winning by 6l having raced in clear lead from an early stage; impressive new rating puts him top in this field.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Big Rock

9st 2lb

J: Aurelien Lemaitre

T: Maurizio Guarnieri

Front-running French colt who did well last year for Christopher Head and ties in closely with Inspiral on Marois running; unchallenged in soft-ground QEII at Ascot on final start, winning by 6l having raced in clear lead from an early stage; impressive new rating puts him top in this field.

2/1

6th

2

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Big Rock

9st 2lb

J: Aurelien Lemaitre

T: Maurizio Guarnieri

Front-running French colt who did well last year for Christopher Head and ties in closely with Inspiral on Marois running; unchallenged in soft-ground QEII at Ascot on final start, winning by 6l having raced in clear lead from an early stage; impressive new rating puts him top in this field.

2/1

Form: 1112-2 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; has form figures of 1111122 over 1m, including two Group wins in France; closely matched with Charyn on Sandown running last month (gets 3lb pull with that rival); the cheekpieces applied that day are retained; generally progressive and again holds solid claims.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Poker Face

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Acts on soft; has form figures of 1111122 over 1m, including two Group wins in France; closely matched with Charyn on Sandown running last month (gets 3lb pull with that rival); the cheekpieces applied that day are retained; generally progressive and again holds solid claims.

13/2

7th

7

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Poker Face

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Acts on soft; has form figures of 1111122 over 1m, including two Group wins in France; closely matched with Charyn on Sandown running last month (gets 3lb pull with that rival); the cheekpieces applied that day are retained; generally progressive and again holds solid claims.

13/2

Form: 0-1110 D BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Folded tamely (something possibly amiss) at Newcastle on finals day when losing his unbeaten record on AW; has inferior form on turf and failed to beat a rival in last two attempts in this sphere; opposed.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Dear My Friend

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Folded tamely (something possibly amiss) at Newcastle on finals day when losing his unbeaten record on AW; has inferior form on turf and failed to beat a rival in last two attempts in this sphere; opposed.

50/1

8th

4

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Dear My Friend

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Folded tamely (something possibly amiss) at Newcastle on finals day when losing his unbeaten record on AW; has inferior form on turf and failed to beat a rival in last two attempts in this sphere; opposed.

50/1

13th

1

(4)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Dear My Friend

10st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Readily beat a couple of these rivals in the Mile Trial at Lingfield (off 6lb lower) four weeks ago, producing a smart handicap performance and taking AW record to 4-4; successful on this card last year and commands major respect back here.

100/30

Form: 2/398-

Last run: 333 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Smart 2yo in 2022, then finished third in last year's 2,000 Guineas (soft) despite failing to settle; form dipped sharply in two subsequent runs but could well rebound and take a serious hand in big races this term, as per earlier achievements; tongue-tie fitted; not written off.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

6

(5)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 1

14:35 Epsom

Royal Scotsman

9st 8lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Last season's 3yo campaign was cut short in June after two disappointing Group 1 performances and he was well beaten on his reappearance in the Group 1 Lockinge a fortnight ago; needs to prove he's still the force of old but he was third in last season's 2,000 Guineas (1m, soft) and if tapping back into that ability he has a major shout today; versatile ground-wise.

15/2

9th

9

(11)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Royal Scotsman

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Smart 2yo in 2022, then finished third in last year's 2,000 Guineas (soft) despite failing to settle; form dipped sharply in two subsequent runs but could well rebound and take a serious hand in big races this term, as per earlier achievements; tongue-tie fitted; not written off.

14/1

25/1

Form: 07231- D

Last run: 252 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Close second to Poker Face at Pontefract last July; made all in Group 2 at Leopardstown (1m, good) on final start and may progress further this term; however, looks unlikely to get an easy lead in this field.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

(8)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 37y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Flight Plan

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

Tailed off in the Group 1 Lockinge on reappearance and faces no easy task today under a 5lb penalty; however, he may have needed his comeback run and is entitled to respect in view of his front-running win in the Group 2 Dullingham Park Stakes at Leopardstown (1m, good) last September.

15/2

10th

5

(8)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Flight Plan

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

Close second to Poker Face at Pontefract last July; made all in Group 2 at Leopardstown (1m, good) on final start and may progress further this term; however, looks unlikely to get an easy lead in this field.

25/1

Non-runners

Real World

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £127.20
Straight Forecast £100.76
Tricast £1985.41
Trifecta £1226.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Big Rock

POSTDATA:

Inspiral

The Times:

Royal Scotsman

Daily Mail:

Charyn

RP RATINGS:

Big Rock

TOPSPEED:

Big Rock

Telegraph:

Big Rock

The Guardian:

Big Rock

D Express:

Big Rock

Daily Mirror:

Big Rock

The Sun:

Big Rock

Daily Record:

Big Rock

NEWMARKET:

Inspiral

The Star:

Inspiral