2021 Lockinge Stakes Runner-By-Runner Preview
Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes Runner-By-Runner Preview
The Lockinge Stakes is the first Group 1 run in the British racing calendar that is open to horses aged four or older. Frankel and Farhh are just two of the horses in the race’s recent roll of honour, and Palace Pier will be aiming to join that illustrious list when he takes his chance in Saturday’s renewal. In preparation for the main race on a bumper day of racing, we have produced a runner-by-runner preview of the Lockinge. Read our thoughts on all eleven runners’ chances below, which includes a big race verdict and predicted race 1-2-3.
Bless Him (T: David Simcock, J: Jamie Spencer)
Back from a break with a win at Newcastle at the start of the year, yet he’s not quite matched that level of form in his five subsequent outings. Eight lengths behind Palace Pier at Sandown latest. Impossible to fancy up in grade. Easily discounted.
Century Dream (T: Simon & Ed Crisford, J: James Doyle)
Useful horse who had his day in the sun when landing the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood last August. Well below that form in both subsequent outings, however, and although he goes well fresh, his record in this company now reads 0-8. Needs more.
Happy Power (T: Andrew Balding, J: Silvestre De Sousa)
Racked up a hat-trick last summer (all wins over 7f), culminating in a Group 2 Newmarket success. Better than the bare result when a long way behind Palace Pier last month, and should do better today, yet he remains without a mile win for almost two years. Opposable.
Lope Y Fernandez (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Ryan Moore)
Tried at a variety of trips throughout his career yet proved the mile was indeed his optimum distance when storming clear to land a Listed contest at Leopardstown last month. Proven in this company yet needs a jolt of improvement to trouble Palace Pier. Each-way claims.
Lord Campari (T: Roger Varian, J: Andrea Atzeni)
Kingman colt who was behind Palace Pier in a Sandown maiden back in August 2019. Limited to just the three starts since, last seen finishing a modest fifth in a French Group 3 last August. Clearly smart but this is a huge ask on reappearance. Best watched.
Lord Glitters (T: David O’Meara, J: Daniel Tudhope)
Popular globetrotter who gained his second win at the top level when landing the Group 1 Jebel Hatta in Dubai earlier this year. Possible excuses for subsequent disappointing showing in the Dubai Turf, yet latest UK runs suggest that this is too hot. Place chance at best.
My Oberon (T: William Haggas, J: Tom Marquand)
Dubawi colt who chased home Top Rank in a Haydock Group 3 back in September. Ended the campaign with a poor run at Redcar yet left that well behind when taking the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket last month. Open to improvement but needs it. Others preferred.
Palace Pier (T: John & Thady Gosden, J: Frankie Dettori)
Dual Group 1 winning miler last summer, the latest success coming in what looked a vintage renewal of the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. Started this season with a devastating Sandown success, and there could well be even more to come. Impossible to oppose.
Pogo (T: Charlie Hills, J: Kieran Shoemark)
Progressed from a handicapper into a pattern-class performer last season, chasing home Happy Power in a Group 2 at the backend of the campaign. Justified prohibitive odds in Listed company at Leicester on reappearance but this is a whole new ballgame. Pace angle.
Safe Voyage (T: John Quinn, J: Jason Hart)
Admirable sort who has a fine career strike rate of 12 wins from 30 starts. Best forgiven his latest run at Keeneland (badly hampered on ground quicker than ideal), and his previous runs in Group 1 company had produced form figures of 433. Should run his race once again.
Top Rank (T: James Tate, J: P J McDonald)
Progressive sort who has won 6 times from 8 starts. Gave weight and a beating to his rivals in the Doncaster Mile on reappearance, and that form has received a couple of boosts since. Arrives less exposed than most of these, but likely holds place claims at best. Shortlisted.
Lady Bowthorpe (T: William Jarvis, J: Oisin Murphy)
Progressive mare who continued her upward curve when landing the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. That form received a healthy boost via the second – Queen Power – at York on Thursday. Not a forlorn hope for each way purposes.
Big Race Verdict
In truth this is all about PALACE PIER, who brings by far the strongest form to the table courtesy of his two Group 1 wins last summer, the latter victory coming in a vintage renewal of the Prix Jacques Le Marois. He demolished the field on last month’s Sandown reappearance, and with the promise of more to come, it is incredibly difficult to see past him gaining a third Group 1 win this Saturday. Although getting no younger the recent showers to have hit Newbury will have been much welcomed by connections of Safe Voyage, he gets the nod for second place, fractionally ahead of the Aidan O’Brien trained Lope Y Fernandez.
- PALACE PIER
- Safe Voyage
- Lope Y Fernandez