Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

War declared for Lockinge

Declaration Of War

Aidan O'Brien's Declaration Of War, a midweek gamble for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, heads a field of 13 for the first Group One of the season for older horses.

The former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt was available at 7-2 on Monday but sustained support now has him as the clear favourite around the 7-4 mark. O'Brien also runs Reply.

Saeed bin Suroor's Farhh, second in four Group Ones last season, twice behind Frankel, makes his eagerly-awaited reappearance in a race his trainer has won four times.

Roger Charlton's Cityscape avoided Frankel last season as he was in the same Khalid Abdullah ownership but he suffered his own near-misses behind Excelebration.

John Gosden supplemented Fencing after an impressive display at Ascot on his first run as a gelding, while last year's French 1000 Guineas winner Beauty Parlour is an intriguing runner for Sir Henry Cecil.

Roger Varian has always highly rated Aljamaaheer but so far he was been found wanting when upped in class.

Richard Hannon won the race in 2010 and 2011 with Paco Boy and Canford Cliffs respectively but his representative this year, Trumpet Major, will need a career-best here. Hannon also runs Libranno, the mount of Kieren Fallon.

Connections of David O'Meara's Penitent, last seen in Hong Kong at Sha Tin, will be hoping for rain.

Chil The Kite, Sovereign Debt and German raider Amaron complete the field.

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