Can Frankel Do It Again In The Lockinge Stakes?

There was plenty of racing on yesterday, but again, there was some harsh results at some of the meetings. Luckily, a 14/1 winner on the Premier/Text Tips came across line in a tight finish, as Easy Terms claimed the race…Nice!

There is a stack of racing on today, but the there is only one horse everyone will be talking about…….


Yes, all eyes will be on Frankel the freak, as some people call him!

This is a slightly delayed start to his season, as he picked up an injury whilst training, and has taken a while to get back to full fitness.

This will be his first race for a while, and will give some clues as to whether he looks as if he can be as effective stepped up in trip for his next race. I’m sure he will, and I’d like to see a run over a further distance, but we still wont get any kind of price on the speedy chap!

The Lockinge Stakes is open to Horses aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile, and the race has some nice heritage, being ‘born’ in the fifties. Horses who compete or win the Lockinge Stakes, will sometimes aim to run in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Canford Cliffs won both races last year.

Many of the other horses trainers tend to ‘dive for cover’ when Frankel is running, and that has happened again, which is a shame, because to come second or third to Frankel is an achievement in itself! It looks as is Excelebration is screwed on for the only horse to give him a run, and another nsecond place beckons.

Supporting races on the card are the Aston Park Stakes, the London Gold Cup, and a class 2 handicap.

Newbury have the race, and the horse of the day, with Frankel!

But there are some smart races from Newmarket today as well as a relative of Frankel having a run too, even if Newbury, and his brother gets all the attention!

They hold a reasonable class card, with two listed events, the first is – The Fairway Stakes, which is open to three-year-old horses, run on the Rowley Mile course, over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs.

Named in honour of Fairway, a popular Newmarket-trained racehorse in the 1920′s, and it has an unusual theme to this race, that it’s restricted to horses which have not won a race above Listed status.

This is where Noble Mission takes another step up, as he has a 5 lb penalty for his recent win, but the listed restriction means this race is the perfect next step for Frankels brother to get another 1 next to his name.

The other race of note is the King Charles II Stakes, which is open to three-year-old plus horses, run on the Rowley Mile course, over a distance of 7 furlongs. A tricky renewal that I will watch this time.

This race has miles too much history for such a small listed race! It is named in memory of Charles II – the “Merry Monarch”, who loved Newmarket to race his horses, one of which was his favourite – Old Rowley, a nickname that was also given to the king over time.

As he liked the area so much he built Palace House and moved the Royal Court there when he raced, on what is now the July Course.

But he found in early spring and late summer the sun was a problem and it kept blinding him, so be found a new patch of land with turf, which became the Rowley Mile, to race on for the early part of the year.

A course built for kings, by a king!

Enjoy a great day, as Frankel will be making more history.

The Jag.

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