Locking Stakes runner by runner guide
Having won two valuable races on the All-Weather this year, Berkshire Shadow faces a tough challenge returning to turf at this level. A smart performer nonetheless.
This smart colt won a Group 3 race at Deauville last summer and finished fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. He showed signs of needing the run on his return, and once again, he may find a few opponents too strong at this level.
Chindit, the winner of the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot last year, displayed his class by winning a listed race there on his return. Although he finished third in this race last season, he is likely to find it challenging to surpass that achievement, especially considering the competition.
A relatively low-mileage 5-year-old, Jadoomi completed a hat-trick last season by winning the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown. He finished third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on his final start but was reportedly lame. He commands respect as a strong contender.
A talented performer over 6 furlongs and 7 furlongs, secured his fifth career victory in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. However, his recent performances have been disappointing, and he has a lot to prove at this level, especially considering his uncertain stamina.
Runner-up twice at Group 1 level in France last summer, including a close finish in the Prix Jacques le Marois, has valid claims based on that form. He should be sharper following his comeback run at Newmarket, where he finished 3 lengths behind Mutasaabeq. Don’t underestimate him.
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Although Lusail won two Group 2 races over 6 furlongs as a 2-year-old, he hasn’t won since. He consistently performs well but finished fourth of 5 in a listed race at Ascot recently. It might be wise to consider other options.
Four-time Grade/Group 1 winner, was successful in the French 2000 Guineas, Woodbine Mile, and Breeders’ Cup Mile last season. He finished as the runner-up in a Grade 1 race at Keeneland on his return last month, and he has a good chance to make amends in this race.
A highly talented miler, Mutasaabeq has won both the Joel Stakes and the bet365 Mile, both Group 2 races at Newmarket, when wearing headgear. Given his previous performances, it is worth giving him another chance at this level.
My Prospero, a high-class colt, concluded last season with a remarkable second-place finish in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. While he is expected to improve as a 4-year-old, this distance may be shorter than his ideal trip.
The Wizard Of Eye:
Despite being a useful colt, The Wizard Of Eye will find the competition in this company too demanding.
Progressing well as a 2-year-old, Triple Time completed a hat-trick by winning a Group 3 race at Haydock. He encountered difficulties at Longchamp the following month but remains relatively unexposed. However, this race presents a tough challenge.
Highly regarded filly, won her first two novice starts convincingly and ran an impressive race on only her third career start when finishing second in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket. Her lack of experience cost her victory, but she comfortably won a listed race at Kempton on her return and is expected to show further improvement.
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