Lockinge Stakes

The Lockinge Stakes are a relatively new race. It was inaugurated in 1958 and has since been run annually at Newbury Racecourse. Every May the race is held over a one mile distance, it is open to thoroughbreds of both sexes aged four years or older. Originally the Lockinge Stakes were open to three-year-old thoroughbreds as well; the age restrictions were imposed in 1995.

Until the age limit was altered to four years and older, the Lockinge Stakes was not considered the prestigious race it is today. When the grading system was introduced in 1971 the race was classed as a Group 2 event. However, in 1983, it was actually degraded and declared a Group 3 race - only to be returned to Group 2 status two years later in 1985. It wasn't until the change of age limit in 1995 that the Lockinge Stakes was classified as a Group 1 race, elevating it to the ranks of the most anticipated and valuable races on the United Kingdom racing calendar. It is run on turf and offers a purse of £250,000.

Since it was introduced into the racing scene the Lockinge Stakes has been entered by some of the most iconic jockeys and horses of our time. The legendary Pall Mall, Welsh Pageant and Soviet Line, for example, are the only three horses to win the Locking Stakes twice respectively. Jockey Lester Piggott, who was one of the first celebrities of the racing world, to this day holds the records of the most Lockinge Stakes wins - racing to victory six times between 1960 and 1993.

Recent Winners of the Lockinge Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2010

Paco Boy

Richard Hughes

Richard Hannon

1:37.31

2009

Virtual

Jimmy Fortune

John Gosden

1:40.32

2008

Creachadoir

Frankie Dettori

Saeed Bin Suroor

1:38.70

2007

Red Evie

Jamie Spencer

Michael Bell

1:40.43

2006

Peeress

Kieren Fallon

Sir Michael Stoute

1:44.57

2005

Rakti

Philip Robinson

Michael Jarvis

1:33.59

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