LOCKINGE STAKES (Group 1)
Newbury, Turf, 1609m
17 May 2014
Richard Hannon followed in the footsteps of his father when landing yesterday’s Gr.1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, a race Richard Hannon Snr won in consecutive years with Paco Boy (2010) and Canford Cliffs (2011), when Olympic Glory (Choisir) put up a fine performance to land the mile contest in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing.
The early pace was set by Montiridge (Ramonti), who led Sruthan (Arakan) on the nearside of the track, and Top Notch Tonto (Thousand Words), who led the rest of the field down the centre of the track. They all joined at halfway, and with a furlong and a half to run a confident Frankie Dettori eased Olympic Glory out on the farside, where he showed an impressive turn of foot to kick two and a quarter lengths clear. Tullius (Le Vie Dei Colori) made chase, but could not catch the classy Hannon four-year-old and Verrazano (More Than Ready) ran a good race in third on his British debut for Aidan O’Brien.
Olympic Glory has now won Group 1’s at two, three and four year, with victories in the Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere as a juvenile and the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last year. He was also runner-up, by a short head, in the Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois to Moonlight Cloud and to Maxios in the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin prior to his QEII win, where he wore first-time blinkers, and he was last seen when ninth in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Mile on unsuitably firm ground.
Bred by Denis McDonnell and a £65,000 Peter and Ross Doyle purchase at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale, Olympic Glory has as his third dam the flying juvenile filly Amaranda (Bold Lad), and is from the speedier side of a successful family that also includes the Gr.1 Classic winners Favoletta and Rule Of Law and, further back, Teenoso, Give Thanks, Harayir, Old Country and Sir Percy.
Extract from European Bloodstock News