Lockinge Unlikely To Go Ahead In May


Newbury officials have stated that it is very unlikely that the Group One Lockinge will go ahead as scheduled in May and the racecourse fears it could be the first black type event to be lost this season and not rescheduled like the Classics.

The contest over a mile has seen some stand out winners over the years including Ribchester for Godolphin and Rhododendron for leading trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The Group One has ran every year since 1975 but this seasons event looks to be going onto the back burner due to the on going situation around the world.

There is uncertainty about what races will or will not be rescheduled apart form the the four Classic races, the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Derby, are confirmed to go ahead at a later date as the BHA regards them as "generation-defining races".

(Credit Racing Post) Harriet Collins , sponsorship director at Newbury racecourse, said: "We may lose some of those Pattern races so I think it'd be fair to say it looks unlikely that the Lockinge in its current form will be taking place on that day [May 16]. It is hard to see it taking place in May.

"We're working with the relevant parties, including our sponsors, to get back racing behind closed doors and that is the priority for us at this stage. What happens after, we will have to see."