Galileo to strike Gold in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury

Saturday 20th May, 2017 - 3:30pm Newbury - Lockinge Stakes

One of the highlights of the entire Flat season takes place at Newbury on Saturday afternoon, as the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes will attract some of the leading milers in racing, and yet again the field assembled is oozing quality with Classic winners and multiple Group-winning contenders lining up in what should be an enthralling renewal.

  • Galileo Gold won 2000 Guineas last season
  • Ribchester won Prix Jacques Le Marois last year
  • Five of the last six winners have been aged four

Saturday 20th May - 3.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Lockinge Stakes    
Tips Galileo Gold to win    Best Bet @ 100 / 30  

Ribchester And Galileo Gold Head Betting

Godolphin picked up this prize 12 months ago with Belardo, and the boys in blue will aim to land more success in the valuable event as they unleash a three-pronged attack, but their triumvirate is spearheaded by the Richard Fahey-trained Ribchester, who is currently the 9/4 favourite with Befair Sportsbook for this prize.

A fine winner of the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, he then landed a notable success when winning the Prix Jacques Le Marois, before chasing home Minding in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day, so he is entitled to head the betting for this coveted contest that has be won by some star names down the years.

However, even though he put up a decent effort in Dubai in March he will need to build on that effort to land this prize, and he could be rather skinny at his current odds, so it could be worth siding with Galileo Gold, who at 100/30 with Ladbrokes is a real top-class miler on his day, and has to be the selection here.

He will be making his seasonal reappearance in this event, but he showed when landing the 2000 Guineas on his first start as a three-year-old that he can fly out of the traps in the early part of the season, and while he has been beaten by Ribchester twice in his career, he has also finished in front of him once, and with positive vibes reverberating around for his home work then he can storm to glory.

Lightning Aims To Strike. As Somehow Catches The Eye

David Simcock's Lightning Spear won the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last season, so can produce the goods on the big stage, but he was behind Ribchester in their QE11 clash at the end of last season, and at 5/1 with Sky Bet is a little skinny, as he is yet to show he is a real Group 1 performer.

Aidan O'Brien last won this race in 2003 with Hawk Wing, and the master of Ballydoyle will saddle Somehow, who will be the sole filly in the race, and was last seen landing victory in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket, so if she can kick on again then she has to be huge respect at 11/2 with Coral.

Best Of The Rest

Aclaim rocketed up the ratings last season and ended the year with a win in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, and while more will be needed here, he could well continue to blossom and is an eye-catching contender at 9/1 with most firms, while Dutch Connection (20/1) and Breton Rock (40/1) add more depth to a race that can go the way of former Classic hero Galileo Gold on Saturday afternoon.

2017 Lockinge Stakes Odds

Posted: Friday, 19th May 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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