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Lockinge Stakes Runners: Inspiral And Big Rock Set For Newbury Clash

Multiple Group 1 winner Inspiral is set to make his hotly-anticipated return to the racecourse on Saturday in the Lockinge Stakes, which takes place at Newbury, as the John & Thady Gosden-trained five-year-old is among a list of 11 horses entered for the 1m contest. The superstar daughter of Frankel ended last season with a spectacular hat-trick of Group 1 wins which came in the Prix Jacques Le Marois in France, Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in the United States Of America.

The mare is now set to return to British shores and take her chance in the Lockinge Stakes, which is widely regarded as one of the premier one mile contests on the Flat racing calendar. She is undoubtedly one of the star names in the line-up, but she could face some notable adversaries as a strong entry list has been received.

A fantastic winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day on her last run last campaign, Maurizio Guarnieri’s Big Rock will return to the UK to try and snap up more top-class success and the four-year-old son of Rock Of Gibraltar has to be regarded as one of the main dangers to the Gosden contender.

Roger Varian’s Charyn beat the Simon & Ed Crisford-trained Poker Face in a thrilling finish to the bet365 Mile at Sandown Park last month and that pair are set for another battle here. Both come into with the benefit of a run, so will have fitness on their side, but this is a notable step up in quality, so they will need to continue on an upward curve.

Third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last season, Paul & Oliver Cole’s Royal Scotsman hasn’t been seen on the track since finishing eighth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, so he will need to improve here, while the likes of Flight Plan and Real World are another brace of big names taking their chance in what is a fascinating renewal.

1AudienceJohn & Thady Gosden
2Big RockMaurizio Guarnieri
3CharynRoger Varian
4Dear My FriendCharlie Johnston
5Flight PlanKarl Burke
6Hi RoyalKevin Ryan
7Poker FaceSimon & Ed Crisford
8Real WorldSaeed Bin Suroor
9Royal ScotsmanPaul & Oliver Cole
10Witch HunterRichard Hannon
11InspiralJohn & Thady Gosden

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