JLT Lockinge Stakes - 18th May 2013 

2012 Lockinge Stakes

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Farhh Majestic in Lockinge Stakes

1 Farhh 10/3
2 Sovereign Debt 80/1
3 Aljamaaheer 16/1
NR: Beauty Parlour
12 ran Distances: 4l, nk, 4½l
TIME 1m 35.43s (fast by 0.27s)

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team received its first significant piece of good news in some time when Farhh emerged a most convincing winner of the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

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Still dogged by the scandal which saw trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni banned for eight years for administering anabolic steroids to horses in his care, a first British Group One victory of the year would be among the most welcome of more than 200 now collected globally by Godolphin at the top level.

Farhh was clearly demonstrating the loss experienced to the sport by the retired Frankel, who took this race last year and hammered him in both the Sussex Stakes and Juddmonte International.

A first domestic Group One for jockey Silvestre de Sousa, it was achieved in a slightly matter-of-fact way, with Farhh (100-30) drawing four lengths clear of 80-1 outsider Sovereign Debt in spite of a warning from trainer Saeed bin Suroor that he might need his first start of the season.

Creeping into the lead with a furlong of the mile remaining, Farhh put down an early marker for the summer's prestige events, with Aidan O'Brien's 5-4 favourite Declaration Of War weakening meekly into fifth and the proven Cityscape finishing tailed-off.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said: "He won really well, it did surprise me as he has been a very difficult horse to train and Saeed has had to tip-toe very quietly with him. It's fantastic, particularly after all the problems we have had in the last few weeks. Obviously Saeed is nothing to do with that issue but he has put us back into pole position. It's important, a great boost to the stable."

Looking towards Royal Ascot, Crisford said: "We were slightly concerned about the trip today but he did it so well that maybe we will go to the Queen Anne. He'll be entered for the Queen Anne Stakes and Prince of Wales's Stakes, we'll keep options open and see what Sheikh Mohammed wants to do.

"He deserved it, he kept on finishing second to the best horse of all time last year, so to see him win a Group One was fantastic."

Bin Suroor will assume control of the Al Zarooni string as soon as the British Horseracing Authority reveals the test results of all Godolphin's Newmarket horses, while Crisford hopes to announce the clear up of Godolphin's internal investigation over the next few days.

De Sousa, who was jetting off to Singapore to ride Hunter's Light, said: "He has been a great horse for us and this was a proper Group One. It's brilliant for the horse and for the whole team. He got a bit lonely and I had to give him a slap behind the saddle, but he won very handily and will come on for the run."



JLT Lockinge Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£180,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good to firm, good in places

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
9st 0lbs
10 - 3
Sovereign Debt
M L W Bell
A Kirby
9st 0lbs
80 - 1
4 lengths
R Varian
P Hanagan
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
Chil The Kite
H Morrison
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
Declaration Of War
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
5 - 4
2 1/2 lengths
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 0lbs
10 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
A Lowe
A Starke
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
1 3/4 length
A P O'Brien
J A Heffernan
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
5 lengths
Trumpet Major
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
42 lengths
R Hannon
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
R Charlton
J Doyle
9st 0lbs
6 - 1
33 lengths
Beauty Parlour
Sir H R A Cecil
T P Queally
8st 11lbs
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