Breeding superpower Coolmore
purchased an interest in two-time Grade I winner Verrazano prior to last year's Kentucky Derby, and declared that the Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready would be retired to stand at their Ashford stud following the conclusion of the Breeders' Cup.
A straight mile contest run on turf, the GI Lockinge Stakes is run at Newbury Racecourse and was won last year by subsequent GI British Champions' Stakes winner, Farhh, and will be the first start for Verrazano under the care of O'Brien.
If Verrazano is to be victorious he will have to beat the heavily-favoured Olympic Glory
, who was last seen finishing ninth to Wise Dan in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile.
takes the ride on Olympic Glory for the first time, with Richard Hughes booked to ride the stablemate Montiridge
Lockinge Stakes Betting (Best Prices Available) : Olympic Glory Evens, Verrazano 5-1, Tullius 8-1, Montiridge 9-1, Chopin 12-1, Top Notch Tonto 14-1, Sruthan 20-1, Empire Storm 100-1