JLT Lockinge Stakes
Group 1, Newbury
£200,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1
Saturday 17th May 2014


1 Olympic Glory 11/8
2 Tullius 9/2
3 Verrazano 7/1
8 ran Distances: 2¼l, 1¾l, ½l
TIME 1m 36.98s (slow by 1.18s)

Frankie Dettori lands his first British Group 1 win since his ban as Olympic Glory hacks up in the JLT Lockinge Stakes.

SkyBet go 5-1 from 8-1 about Olympic Glory for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot - the first race at the Royal Meeting.

Olympic Glory
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Olympic Glory
Given a patient ride with Montiridge and Top Notch Tonto racing prominently, the Richard Hannon-trained colt was produced to perfection widest of the runners over a furlong out.

The response was immediate when Dettori asked him to quicken and he soon went clear, with Tullius running a fine race in second, two and a quarter lengths away, and Verrazano taking an excellent third on his first start for Aidan O'Brien.

Dettori said: "I was thinking there'd be no pace and it would be complicated, but it was just as easy as riding work. He quickened like true champion. His form is rock-solid and he goes on any ground. He's a great ride, has a great kick and is a jockey's dream. I'll be surprised if he's not champion miler again."

Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco British Champions Day, the Sheikh Joaan Al Thani-owned Olympic Glory had last been seen finishing ninth of 10 to American superstar Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Hannon said: "I felt some pressure today, after the disappointment of the Breeders' Cup. He doesn't need soft ground, but he goes on a softer surface as well, which is very encouraging. Frankie must be delighted, he gets on very well with the horse.

"He did it comfortably and we'll look at Royal Ascot, the Sussex Stakes, the Jacques le Marois and we'll pick and choose. He's in the Queen Anne and the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Toronado is in there as well. We'll just have to wait and see.

"We can't keep the two horses apart forever, so they will meet on the track one day. This horse likes it softer, while Toronado is a fast-ground horse and has more speed. Maybe they won't meet at Ascot, but it might be the Sussex or the QEII and it will be up to the Sheikh.

"These horses don't come along very often and it's nice to run and enjoy them."

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JLT Lockinge Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£200,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places

Olympic Glory
R Hannon
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
11 - 8
A M Balding
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
9 - 2
2 1/4 lengths
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
1 3/4 length
Andreas Wohler
J P Spencer
9st 0lbs
15 - 2
1/2 length
Empire Storm
M J Attwater
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
66 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Top Notch Tonto
B Ellison
D Swift
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1 length
P D Deegan
C D Hayes
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
8 lengths
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
5 - 1
6 lengths