Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes Odds & Betting Picks

The first G1 race of the British Flat season will be Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes where Modern Games gets back in the winner’s enclosure after an excellent second on his seasonal debut at Keeneland in the Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile Stakes.

Preakness Stakes Odds

Lockinge Stakes

Grade 1 (British Champions Series) – Purse $426,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up

Modern Games 5/2 looks sure to go off the chalk here after an excellent seasonal debut in the Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile Stakes at Keeneland, the venue of arguably his greatest career victory in last year’s Breeders Cup when he took the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Turf Mile.

He’ll be one of the stalkers here and will look to use his potent turn of speed to mow down his foes late in the piece.

But this is no one-horse race, and down the bottom of the card we have Laurel 7/2 who is the only filly in the race and of course, gets an allowance. She is now three from four starts and won the Listed Snowdrop Fillies Stakes easily by three lengths on her seasonal reappearance. Her only defeat was when second in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket at the end of 2022.

Her stalking style will be ideal for Newbury’s long stretch and the John & Thady Gosden barn are in top form.

My Prospero 9/2 has arguably the best piece of form on the card having finished third in the Grade 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot last October. He was beaten by Bay Bridge and the Derby winner Adayar and the form was boosted recently when Adayar came out to win a Grade 3 at Newmarket just this last week.

The downside with My Prospero is that the cutback to a mile is negative, and coming in off a 217-day layoff means he might just struggle against some classy race-fit rivals.

Another that needs serious consideration is Mutasaabeq 11/2 who has won his last two with headgear applied and looks ready for this step up the class ladder. He likes to stalk the pace close up and in what might turn into a tactical affair, he could be better positioned than others when the race race quickens at the 3-furlong pole. Solid chance to grab a slice.

Outside of the big four, there are a couple of longshots we should mention, and they are Jadoomi 8/1 and Triple Time 28/1.

Jadoomi won three races on the trot during 2022 including the Grade 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood and then the Grade 2 Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown, where he widened late by four lengths at the wire. However, his last run in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was his finest effort when finishing third having been found to be lame immediately after. He could be a real player here.

Triple Time won the Listed Ascendant Stakes and then the Group 3 Superior Mile Stakes, both times closing late for the win. His last run when stepped up the class ladder at Longchamp can be dismissed as he just did not enjoy the heavy turf track. Conditions on the lawn at Newbury look perfect and he should be included in exotics at a big price.

Lockinge Stakes Odds & Betting Picks

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
Modern GamesWilliam Buick+300
LaurelFrankie Dettori+350
My ProsperoTom Marquand+550
MutasaabeqJim Crowley+600
JadoomiJames Doyle+800
Light InfantryJamie Spencer+1000
ChinditPat Dobbs+2000
CheckandchallengeAndrea Atzeni+2200
Triple TimeNeil Callan+28000
Berksire ShadowOisin Murphy+4000
JumbyCharles Bishop+4000
LusailRyan Moore+4000
The Wizard Of EyeKieran Shoemark+12500

Such a tough race and there is no getting away from Modern Games as a major player here, and it will be surprising if he does not hit the board.

But for the main selection, we like the chances of the filly LAUREL who has already proven an exciting prospect and she could be something very special. The barn is in great form, as is the jockey Frankie Dettori and she gets the vote.

Jadoomi, My Prospero, and the big longshot Triple Time should be battling for a slice underneath.

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