LJ Confidential: competitive Lockinge provides pointer
Andrew Le Jeune runs the rule over what should be a fiercely-contested Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and also takes a look at Singapore's big day, as part of his ongoing series covering Hong Kong's simulcast races.
The Lockinge Stakes provides a great guide to Royal Ascot and the Queen Anne Stakes but it is a genuine standout race in its own right with a star-studded honour roll that includes the incomparable Frankel.
Like the Queen Anne, the Lockinge is held over a straight mile course but at Newbury, and the last two winners were absolute superstars: John and Thady Gosden’s Palace Pier in 2021 and the William Haggas-trained Baaeed last year.
The Gosdens and Haggas both bring strong challengers to the favourite, Godolphin’s four-year-old Modern Games.
The beautifully bred Juddmonte colt Laurel looks the best of the Gosden-trained horses in contention, although he needs to make a big leap in class from a Listed race on the all-weather. Still, he looks a classic late-developing type: he has only had four starts in total but has won three.
Haggis-trained My Prospero races for the Sunderland Holdings group and Hong Kong’s Christopher Tsui, who raced the mighty Sea The Stars. My Prospero is another lightly raced horse that appears first-up.