Sport Horse Racing

Monday 25 September 2017

Somehow primed for Lockinge bid

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photo: Getty Images
Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photo: Getty Images

Johnny Ward

Somehow is one of nine who will partake in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury tomorrow.

Aidan O'Brien has long nominated the Dahlia Stakes heroine for this Group One as she bids to score at the top level for the first time, having won her last couple of races.

Owned by the race sponsor, the Hugo Palmer-trained Galileo Gold will be making his seasonal bow in the one-mile Lockinge.

He will lock horns once again with Richard Fahey's Ribchester, one of three runners for Godolphin along with stablemate Toscanini and the Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection.

David Simcock is also double-handed with Lightning Spear and Breton Rock. Acclaim and Mitchum Swagger complete the line-up.

Meanwhile, Gordon Elliott will use "the best available" in the absence of Jack Kennedy, who is out for around four months after a leg break on Wednesday - and that will include Keith Donoghue.

Kennedy, who landed this year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on 25/1 chance Labaik, suffered the injury when he was unshipped from Bobbie's Diamond at the last fence in the La Touche Restaurant Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Elliott has been Kennedy's biggest backer since he turned professional and said yesterday: "We will use the best available, starting from the top down.

"I was speaking to Jack this morning and told him not to be worrying - he still has all the horses there to ride. The most important thing is a speedy recovery."

There is good news for Elliott that Keith Donoghue is making a surprise return to race-riding. The popular Meathman took to Twitter in March to reveal that he was taking a break from the game due to weight issues.

His role in the progress of Labaik was subsequently praised by Elliott, who confirmed last night that he will be using Donoghue henceforth. He returns at Downpatrick this evening.

Irish Independent

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