Rest of Newbury on Lockinge day: Classy Khaadem

Khaadem (left) wins at Newbury
Khaadem (left) wins at Newbury

A review of the rest of the action at Newbury on Lockinge Stakes day as Khaadem landed the opening Carnarvon Stakes to enter the Commonwealth Cup picture.

Start the Khaa!

Khaadem (11/2) began his three-year-old career in style when landing the Listed Shalaa Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Charles Hills' son of Dark Angel won three from four as a juvenile and continued the winning thread with a pleasing victory on his first start this year.

James Doyle sat just off the pace set by Oxted in the centre of the track and his mount responded well to pressure to get on top by half-a-length at the line.

Oxted (20/1) finished second with Richard Fahey's Space Traveller (4/1) staying on into third.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 16/1 (from 33s) for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Reaction

Hills said: "I'm delighted. He hasn't been the easiest horse to train, he's temperamental, a bit hot headed, but it was always the plan to come here through the winter so it's nice when it pays off.

"He was due to run in Middle Park (as a two-year-old), but he got cast a couple of days before the race unfortunately.

"He's been training nicely the last couple of weeks and we were looking forward to running him here.

"A nice stiff six furlongs at Ascot could suit him and after today I think we have to go there.

"He's a talented horse and the more racing he gets the better he'll become."

The trainer also had a word for Battaash, who is due to return at Haydock next weekend ahead of a tilt at the King's Stand at Royal Ascot.

"I'm really pleased with him, he's gleaming in his coat," Hills said. "He'll run in the Temple Stakes next week."



13:50 Newbury Result

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1st 4 (7) Khaadem (IRE) 11/2
2nd 7 (4) Oxted 20/1
3rd 8 (3) Space Traveller 4/1

  • Winning Trainer: C Hills
  • Winning Jockey:James Doyle
  • Runners: 12 ran
  • Unpl.Fav: Red Impression 7/2 F
  • Distances: ½, 2
  • Tote Win: £6.90
  • Pl: £2.20, £4.70, £1.90
  • EX: £113.40
  • Trifecta :£542.30
  • SF: £116.52
  • Swingers :£16.30, £5.00, £13.70

Head boy in London Gold Cup

Headman defied top weight and a wide draw to win the London Gold Cup in a thrilling finish for Roger Charlton.

Charlton has won this race with Al Kazeem and Time Test in recent years, so will have high hopes for this son of Kingman who showed his battling qualities as well as his class on Saturday.

He beat William Haggas' Sinjaari by a short head with Good Birthday running a fine race in third from way off the pace.

Winning rider Jason Watson said: "We rode him with patience like he was the best horse in the race and he pulled it off nicely.

"He travelled very strongly into the race, he got there quite easily and he's galloped all the way to the line. He gives you the impression he's still a bit babyish and is going to improve.

"He was very impressive and there's more to come."

Ascot possible

Charlton said: "He's still a work in progress, a huge horse by Kingman who looks as though he's going on to great things (as a stallion).

"But he's still a work in progress. Last time here he pulled too hard and it was a funny race. Today he was relaxed."

On the question of the Hampton Court Stakes over this trip of a mile and a quarter, Charlton added: "I would quite like not to rush him, but we all love having runners at Royal Ascot. Today he showed he was right up to it, so let's wait and see."

15:00 Newbury Result

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1st 1 (14) Headman 12/1
2nd 11 (6) Sinjaari (IRE) 3/1 f
3rd 9 (16) Good Birthday (IRE) 6/1
Sky Bet paid 4 places on this race
4th 2 (3) Forest Of Dean 7/2

  • Winning Trainer: R Charlton
  • Winning Jockey: Jason Watson
  • Runners: 15 ran
  • Non-Runners: 4
  • Distances: sh, 1, 2 ¾
  • Tote Win: £13.80
  • Pl: £4.20, £2.00, £2.10
  • EX: £69.20
  • SF: £49.15
  • Tricast: £257.93
  • Swingers: £11.20, £11.70, £7.70

Temple a Coventry possible

Richard Hannon is looking towards a possible tilt at the Coventry Stakes with Olympic Glory Conditions Stakes winner Temple Of Heaven (3/1).

In what was the best two-year-old race in Britain this season, the son of Iffraaj got home in a thriller as he went over the line with Fort Myers and Well Of Wisdom almost in unison.

Hannon said: "It was a very good race and you needed a good horse to win it. He has done it over six furlongs and the likes of the Coventry, the Norfolk over five or the Railway Stakes are possibilities."


Queen has the Power

Queen Power kept up her progress march for Sir Michael Stoute to clinch a big-race treble for the trainer in the Haras de Bouquetot Fillies' Trial at Newbury.

Her success in this Listed race put the icing on a cake created for Stoute by Mustashry in the Lockinge and Crystal Ocean in the Al Rayyan Stakes, and saw her odds for the Investec Oaks cut to 14/1 from 25/1.

The daughter of Shamardal produced a smart turn of foot to mow down Lavender's Blue and score by a neck under a power-packed Silvestre de Sousa drive for King Power Racing.

Stoute said: "She's well engaged, so let's stop and think. She was left with quite a lot to do. She's a classy filly, we were not sure about the trip, but it was a good performance.

"I want to go home and think about it, not make any decisions before leaving Newbury."


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