Rhododendron, Limato and Addeybb among joint-record 16 going for glory in Saturday’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

Favourite Rhododendron is one of 16 declared runners for this year’s tremendous £350,000 G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (3.40pm), the centrepiece of an excellent seven-race card at Newbury on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, Saturday, May 19. The 2018 renewal of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is set to have a joint-record number of runners for the 60th running. There were 16 runners in 2015, when Al Shaqab sponsored for the first time. Rhododendron, one of four runners for Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien and the mount…

Cracksman and Saxon Warrior among entries for richest-ever G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on July 7

Entries are unveiled today for the £750,000 G1 Coral-Eclipse, the richest race ever run at Sandown Park, which takes place on Saturday, July 7. The 2018 renewal of the Coral-Eclipse benefits from a magnificent 50 per cent rise in value to £750,000 from £500,000, which was announced earlier this year. Coral’s sponsorship of the 10-furlong G1 contest has been extended for a further five years, taking its backing of what is already the longest-supported Pattern race in Britain up until at least 2022. Cracksman (John Gosden,…

Limato on song ahead of Saturday’s G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury

   Limato on song ahead of Saturday’s G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury Dual Group One winner Limato cantered this morning at a media visit to trainer Henry Candy’s Kingston Warren stables, north of Lambourn, organised by Newbury Racecourse ahead of the £350,000 G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes this Saturday, May 19. Limato, who runs in the familiar colours of owner Paul Jacobs, has not raced since posting an easy three and a half-length victory in the G2 Challenge Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket in…

O’Brien happy with Saxon Warrior ahead of the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on June 2

Aidan O’Brien spoke at length this morning about the talent at his disposal, including star Saxon Warrior, who heads the betting for the G1 Investec Derby, Britain’s greatest and richest race, on Saturday, June 2, during a media trip by Epsom Downs Racecourse and Investec to the iconic Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary, Ireland. Unbeaten in four starts, Saxon Warrior returned to action this year with a decisive success in the first British Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5,…

Addeybb heads competitive 19 for G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday

Addeybb heads 19 five-day confirmations today for the £350,000 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, the Group One highlight over a mile at Newbury on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, Saturday, May 20. Trained in Newmarket by William Haggas, who has yet to win the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, Addeybb has looked a G1 horse in the making in two starts so far this season and has been successful on five of his seven starts. The four-year-old made a mockery of handicap rating of 99 in the valuable Lincoln…

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