Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes
Group 1, Newbury 15:40
£350,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1    
Saturday 18th May 2019

1 Mustashry 9/1
2 Laurens 5/1J
3 Accidental Agent 33/1
14 ran Distances: 2½l, ½l, ¾l
Time: 1m 35.80s (slow by 0.80s)

Mustashry runs out a clear-cut winner under Jim Crowley

Taking trainer Sir Michael Stoute’s record tally in this mile feature to eight, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Mustashry 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.”

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Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£350,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (5) Mustashry 9/1 Jim Crowley
9-0
Sir Michael Stoute 6
2nd (12) Laurens (FR) 5/1j P J McDonald
8-11
K R Burke 4
3rd (3) ½ Accidental Agent 33/1 Charles Bishop
9-0
Eve Johnson Houghton 5
4th (9) ¾ Romanised (IRE) 16/1 W J Lee
9-0
K J Condon 4
5th (14) hd Le Brivido (FR) 8/1 R L Moore
9-0
A P O'Brien 5
6th (8) ½ I Can Fly 14/1 W M Lordan
8-11
A P O'Brien 4
7th (6) Sir Dancealot (IRE) 33/1 G Mosse
9-0
D R C Elsworth 5
8th (10) Ostilio 25/1 Oisin Murphy
9-0
S Crisford 4
9th (2) ¾ Billesdon Brook 33/1 S M Levey
8-11
R Hannon 4
10th (7) 2 Sharja Bridge 8/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-0
R Varian 5
11th (1) hd Beat The Bank 5/1j S De Sousa
9-0
A M Balding 5
12th (4) 6 Mythical Magic (IRE) 11/1 James Doyle
9-0
C Appleby 4
13th (11) 1 Lord Glitters (FR) 13/2 D Tudhope
9-0
D O'Meara 6
14th (13) 31 Without Parole 7/1 L Dettori
9-0
J H M Gosden 4