Lockinge Stakes tips | Timeform’s guide to the 2021 Lockinge Stakes



Lockinge Stakes
15:35 Newbury, Saturday
Live on ITV

1. Bless Him (David Simcock/ Jamie Spencer)
Smart gelding who’s often ridden to pick up the pieces. Ran up to his best when an eight-length second behind Palace Pier at Sandown last time but will need rivals to underperform here to get involved.

2. Century Dream (Simon & Ed Crisford/ James Doyle)
Bounced back to his very best last season, winning a Group 3 over this course and distance on his return before registering an easy success in a soft-ground Group 2 at Goodwood. Vulnerable at this level but has claims of making the frame if the ground is soft enough.

3. Happy Power (Andrew Balding/ Silvestre de Sousa)
Enjoyed an excellent campaign last season, completing the hat-trick in a seven-furlong Group 2 at Newmarket. Was well held behind Palace Pier on his reappearance at Sandown, however, and is probably best over seven furlongs.

4. Lope Y Fernandez (Aidan O’Brien/ Ryan Moore)
Failed to win last season but was placed four times in Group 1 company, including when an unlucky third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Capitalised on a drop in grade when easily landing the odds at Leopardstown on his return last month and that should set him up for a good season.

5. Lord Campari (Roger Varian/ Andrea Atzeni)
Looked a good prospect when winning a novice over this course and distance on his return last season, but failed to progress in two subsequent starts, pulling too hard. Remains unexposed but this is a massive ask.

6. Lord Glitters (David O’Meara/ Danny Tudhope)
Cracking servant to connections who enjoyed an excellent spell in Dubai this year, winning a Group 2 and Group 1. Others preferred for win purposes but no surprise were he to make the frame granted a sound pace.

7. My Oberon (William Haggas/ Tom Marquand)
Unraced at two but quickly developed into a smart miler last season, finishing runner-up in Group 3s at Goodwood and Haydock. Took his form to another level on his return when winning a Group 3 in good style at Newmarket and he could still have more to offer.

8. Palace Pier (John & Thady Gosden/ Frankie Dettori)
Top-class miler who won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last season. Had excuses when disappointing in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on his final outing of the campaign and returned with an impressive win in a Group 2 at Sandown. Timeform’s highest-rated Flat horse in training and should be hard to beat.

9. Pogo (Charles Hills/ Kieran Shoemark)
Consistent sort who raised his game a notch when beating race-fit rivals on his return in a listed race at Leicester. Likely to find at least a few too strong in this company, however.

10. Safe Voyage (John Quinn/ Jason Hart)
Very smart gelding who enjoyed an excellent campaign last season, winning on three occasions. Proved better than ever when winning Group 2s at York and Leopardstown and should be in the mix for the places.

11. Top Rank (James Tate/ PJ McDonald)
Lightly raced type who progressed through the handicap ranks and landed a Group 3 at Haydock in September. Ran to a similar level when defying a penalty in a listed race at Doncaster on his return and he is worth a shot at this level.

12. Lady Bowthorpe (William Jarvis/ Oisin Murphy)
Smart mare who looked as good as ever when narrowly beating subsequent winner Queen Power on her return in the Dahlia Stakes two weeks ago. Progressive type but even more is needed taking on the males at this level.