Named after a former parish located to the north of Newbury, the Al Shaqab-sponsored Lockinge Stakes was established in 1958 over the straight mile at Newbury Racecourse.
The first running was won by a three-year-old, Pall Mall, owned by Her Majesty the Queen, fresh from Classic victory in the 2,000 Guineas over at Newmarket. He went on to win the 1959 Lockinge Stakes too, becoming the first of three dual winners of the famous Newbury race.
The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes has been won by some of the greatest racehorses in the history of the turf. In 1972 Brigadier Gerard was an authoritative winner of the race on his seasonal reappearance as a four-year-old.
Arriving at Newbury on the back of a faultless campaign the year before which heralded four major victories, he subsequently only tasted defeat once and retired as the winner of 17 of his 18 starts, including 10 races which now hold Group One status.
Forty years later in 2012, it was the unbeaten Frankel who stole the show, winning by five lengths in effortless style at the start of what was to be a momentous four-year-old career. Unbeaten Frankel was given the highest official rating (140) of any racehorse in modern history at the end of that year, and retired with 14 straight victories – the defining equine hero for a generation of racing fans.
The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes has seen countless other memorable performances. Lester Piggott’s six victories spanning 33 years, Hawk Wing’s remarkable and record-breaking 11-length victory in 2003 and a resurgent Frankie Dettori guiding Olympic Glory to victory in 2014 are just a few.
The Newbury race was promoted to Group One status in 1995, the year the conditions were changed to make the Lockinge Europe’s early-season mile highlight for older horses.
Al Shaqab took over as sponsor of the whole card on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day in 2015, providing a significant prize money boost with a record turnout of 16 runners and a revised race programme of the highest quality.
This investment on Newbury’s richest raceday has produced an increase in the quality of racing on offer, with the European Pattern Committee having upgraded the opening Al Rayyan Stakes to Group Three status ahead of the 2016 renewal.
Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes – Facts & Figures
*The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is the feature race, worth £350,000, on Newbury’s richest raceday which offers total prize money of £750,000.
*The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes’ roll of honour includes some of the best horses to have graced the British turf, such as Brigadier Gerard (1972), Kris (1980), Selkirk (1992), Hawk Wing (2003) and Frankel (2012).
*Since the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (originally known as the International Classifications) were introduced in 1977, Frankel is the best racehorse there has been. He won the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes impressively by five lengths in 2012 and topped the rankings at the end of that year with an unprecedented rating of 140. Trained by Sir Henry Cecil, owned by Khalid Abdullah and ridden by Tom Queally, Frankel finished his racing career unbeaten in 14 races. He now stands as a stallion at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket. His first foal to be born, and to race, Cunco won on debut at Newbury on the day before the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in 2016.
*The great Brigadier Gerard, successful on 17 of his 18 starts, emulated (in 1972) his sire Queen’s Hussar who captured the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in 1963.
*Three horses have won the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes twice – Pall Mall in 1958 & 1959, Welsh Pageant in 1970 & 1971 and Soviet Line in 1995 & 1996.
*The most successful trainer in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is Sir Michael Stoute who has been victorious seven times. His first winner came with Scottish Reel in 1986, followed by Safawan (1990), Soviet Line (1995 & 1996), Medicean (2001), Russian Rhythm (2004) and Peeress (2006).
*Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, responsible for five Al Shaqab Lockinge winners, has had 17 runners in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, the first being Charnwood Forest who finished runner-up in 1996.
*Richard Hannon has saddled two of the last three winners of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes – Olympic Glory, who carried the colours of Al Shaqab to victory in 2014, his first year as a trainer, and the 2015 scorer Night Of Thunder.
*His father, Richard Hannon snr, won the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes three times – Swing Low (1993), Paco Boy (2010) and Canford Cliffs (2011).
John Gosden, the Newmarket-based trainer, has been responsible for two Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes victors – the Frankie Dettori-ridden Emperor Jones in 1994 and Virtual in 2009.
*Two Irish-trained horses have won – Bluerullah (1967) and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Hawk Wing (2003), who scored by a record 11 lengths.
*There have been three French-trained winners – El Rastro (1976), Polar Falcon (1991) and Carlos Laffon-Parias trained Keltos (2002).
*The most successful jockey in the history of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes has been the legendary Lester Piggott, victorious six times – 33 years spanned his first victory on Sovereign Path 1960 and his last on Swing Low in 1993. The ones in between were The Creditor (1964), Sparkler (1973), Belmont Bay (1981) and Polar Falcon (1991).
*Al Shaqab’s retained jockey Frankie Dettori has had 15 rides in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. He has won the race four times – Emperor Jones (1994), Aljabr (2000), Creachadoir (2008) and Olympic Glory (2014).
*Olivier Peslier, who rode Keltos to victory, is the only French jockey to have succeeded in the race.
*The most successful owner in the history of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is Godolphin, whose seven successes have been delivered by Cape Cross (1998), Fly To The Stars (1999), Aljabr (2000), Creachadoir (2008), Farhh (2013), Night Of Thunder (2015) and Belardo (2016). The first five horses were trained by Saeed bin Suroor, with the most recent handled by Richard Hannon and Roger Varian respectively.
*Cheveley Park Stud is the second most successful owner with five victories thanks to Scottish Reel (1986), Medicean (2001), Russian Rhythm (2004), Peeress (2006) and Virtual (2009). The stud’s owners, David & Patricia Thompson, also scored with Safawan (1990) and Polar Falcon (1991).
*Rakti set the record for the fastest time in the history of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes of 1m 33.59s in 2005.
*There were two winners of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in 1984, when Cormorant Wood and Wassl dead-heated.
*The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes has been won by less than a length on 22 occasions.
*There were 16 runners in the 2015 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, the most to line up in the history of the race and one more than ran in 2004.
*The number of runners in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes has been in double figures on 20 occasions since contest was first staged in 1958.
*The lowest number of runners has been four. In 1958, The Queen’s Pall Mall saw off three rivals to win the inaugural running while there were also four runners in 1989 and 1991.
*The highest-priced winner of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes has been Cape Cross (1998) at 20/1.
*In the history of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, 23 winners have started at a shorter price than 3/1.
*The favourite (or joint-favourite) has won 24 times in the 58 runnings of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.
*The age breakdown of the winners since the race became a Group One contest in 1995 is as follows:-
4-y-o – 14 successes
5-y-o – six successes
6-y-o – two successes
*Horses running in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes carry 9st, with a 3lb allowance for fillies and mares.
*The last filly or mare to win the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes was Red Evie in 2007.
GROUP 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes Roll of Honour
Year Horse/age Owner Trainer Jockey SP Ran
2017 Ribchester 4 Godolphin Richard Fahey William Buick 7/4F 8
2016 Belardo 4 Godolphin & Prince A A Faisal Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 8/1 12
2015 Night Of Thunder 4 Godolphin Richard Hannon James Doyle 11/4JF 16
2014 Olympic Glory 4 Al Shaqab Racing Richard Hannon Frankie Dettori 11/8F 8
2013 Farhh 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Silvestre de Sousa 10/3 12
2012 Frankel 4 Khalid Abdullah Sir Henry Cecil Tom Queally 2/7F 6
2011 Canford Cliffs 4
The Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor &
Derrick Smith Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes 4/5F 7
2010 Paco Boy 5 The Calvera Partnership No 2 Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes 8/11F 9
2009 Virtual 4 Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden Jimmy Fortune 6/1 11
2008 Creachadoir 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori 3/1F 11
2007 Red Evie 4 Terry Neill Michael Bell Jamie Spencer 8/1 8
2006 Peeress 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon 4/1 9
2005 Rakti 6 Gary Tanaka Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson 7/4F 8
2004 Russian Rhythm 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon 3/1F 15
2003 Hawk Wing 4 Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane 2/1F 6
2002 Keltos 4 Gary Tanaka Carlos Laffon-Parias FR Olivier Peslier 9/1 10
2001 Medicean 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon 3/1 7
2000 Aljabr 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori 8/13F 7
1999 Fly To The Stars 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Willie Supple 9/1 6
1998 Cape Cross 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Daragh O’Donohoe 20/1 10
1997 First Island 5 Mollers Racing Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 11/4 10
1996 Soviet Line 6 Maktoum Al Maktoum Michael Stoute Richard Quinn 13/2 7
1995 Soviet Line 5 Maktoum Al Maktoum Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn 2/1F 5
1994 Emperor Jones 4 Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden Frankie Dettori 11/2 11
1993 Swing Low 4 Roldvale Ltd Richard Hannon snr Lester Piggott 12/1 10
1992 Selkirk 4 George Strawbridge Ian Balding Ray Cochrane 5/2 10
1991 Polar Falcon 4 David Thompson John Hammond FR Lester Piggott 3/1 4
1990 Safawan 4 Patricia Thompson Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn 5/1 6
1989 Most Welcome 5 Sir Philip Oppenheimer Geoff Wragg Paul Eddery 9/1 4
1988 Broken Hearted 4 H R H Prince Fahd Salman Paul Cole Richard Quinn 8/1 5
1987 Then Again 4 Richard Shannon Luca Cumani Ray Cochrane 9/2 9
1986 Scottish Reel 4 Cheveley Park Stud Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn 4/1 8
1985 Prismatic 3 Lord Howard de Walden Henry Cecil Paul Eddery 10/1 11
1984 Wassl (dh) 4 Ahmed Al Maktoum John Dunlop Willie Carson 9/2 6
1984 Cormorant Wood (dh) 4 Bobby McAlpine Barry Hills Steve Cauthen 7/1 –
1983 Noalcoholic 6 William du Pont III Gavin Pritchard-Gordon George Duffield 7/2 10
1982 Motavato 4 Robert Sangster Barry Hills Steve Cauthen 7/4F 7
1981 Belmont Bay 4 Daniel Wildenstein Henry Cecil Lester Piggott 11/10F 6
1980 Kris 4 Lord Howard de Walden Henry Cecil Joe Mercer 4/9F 7
1979 Young Generation 3 Tony Ward Guy Harwood Greville Starkey 4/1 10
1978 Don 4 Eugene Ryan Bill Elsey Brian Rouse 5/1 10
1977 Relkino 4 Lady Beaverbrook Dick Hern Willie Carson 4/1JF 9
1976 El Rastro 6 Daniel Wildenstein Angel Penna snr FR Bill Pyers 9/2 9
1975 Abandoned due to excessive rain
1974 Boldboy 4 Lady Beaverbrook Dick Hern Joe Mercer 15/8 8
1973 Sparkler 5 Gestut Rottgen Robert Armstrong Lester Piggott 7/2 12
1972 Brigadier Gerard 4 Jean Hislop Dick Hern Joe Mercer 1/4F 5
1971 Welsh Pageant 5 Jim Joel Noel Murless Geoff Lewis EvsF 6
1970 Welsh Pageant 4 Jim Joel Noel Murless Sandy Barclay 8/13F 6
1969 Habitat 3 Charles Englehard Fulke Johnson Houghton Ron Hutchinson 10/1 6
1968 Supreme Sovereign 4 Mrs R Hodges Harry Wragg Ron Hutchinson 5/6F 5
1967 Bluerullah 4 The McGrath Trust Seamus McGrath IRE Bill Williamson 4/1 5
1966 Silly Season 4 Paul Mellon Ian Balding Geoff Lewis 7/1 12
1965 Young Christopher 4 J McShane Freddie Maxwell Bill Williamson 6/1 10
1964 The Creditor 4 Lady Sassoon Noel Murless Lester Piggott 10/11F 6
1963 Queen’s Hussar 3 Lord Carnarvon Atty Corbett Scobie Breasley 9/2 9
1962 Superstition 3 Hope Goddard Iselin Capt Cecil Boyd-Rochfort David Morris 10/3F 10
1961 Prince Midge 3 Jackie Astor Jack Colling Duncan Keith 11/2 8
1960 Sovereign Path 4 Ron Mason Ron Mason Lester Piggott 7/4F 5
1959 Pall Mall 4 The Queen Capt Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Harry Carr 1/2F 5
1958 Pall Mall 3 The Queen Capt Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Harry Carr 4/6F 4