Back to Expert Comment

Ribchester hard to oppose in Lockinge

 May 19 2017

Saturday night’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is the highlight of the international cards on Sky Racing and the top-class miler Ribchester can return to the UK with a second Group 1 victory.

Last year’s 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold will be looking to give his owners a success in the race they sponsor but despite beating Ribchester into third in last season’s classic, the latter improved past him later in the season.

Ribchester’s breakthrough Group 1 success came in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville where Galileo Gold finished eight and then comfirmed that form when the pair finished second and fifth behind Minding in a superb renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

The Richard Fahey-trained Ribchester returned with a fine third in the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan in March where the extra 200 metres saw him just worn down late on and the return to a mile will be ideal for the progressive son of Iffraaj.

Aidan O’Brien’s Somehow is the only filly in the field and will be looking to step up from a Group 2 win at Newmarket and while that looked a below-par renewal she is still improving.

Among the remaining runners Queen Elizabeth II third Lightning Spear and the progressive Aclaim are set to make their seasonal reappearance in a quality renewal of the Group 1 contest.



Richard Wade - Sky Racing

 Email to friend   

       

Send to friend

Ribchester hard to oppose in Lockinge

Your Name *
Your Email *
Friend's Name *
Friend's Email *

Racing Search

Live Racing

International Racing

Upcoming International Racing on Sky

Friday 26th

Bet Now France VINCENNES
G II - Prix Ozo

Bet Now France VINCENNES
G III - Prix Du Crepuscule

Bet Now FAIRVIEW
Listed - Glenlair Trophy

Saturday 27th

UK/Ireland HAYDOCK PARK
G2 - The Temple Stakes (class 1)

CURRAGH
G1 - Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas

View Sky International

Form Guide

Sports

Connect