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Verrazano set for European debut

Verrazano 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Spotswire

Verrazano has been declared to run in the Lockinge Stakes, and has been installed by the British bookmakers as the second-favourite for the Group 1 race.

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.

However, despite a fourth placed finish in the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and a third placed finish in the GI Cigar Mile, plans were re-evaluated with Verrazano being shipped to Ireland to begin a new career in the care of Aidan O'Brien.

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.

Joseph O'Brien has been booked to ride.

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.

Frankie Dettori 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

 

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flahs in the pan on two continents?
I wasn't criticizing what you guys were saying. It's not the most amazing field, I agree, but I'm saying my love for Top Notch Tonto trumps any desire to see a quality field, heh.
@jonquil, we are just saying that for the Lockinge this field is subpar. Top Notch Tonto was progressive last year and hopefully he will continue.
I don't care what you think of the field, I'm looking forward to this! I'm looking forward to just watching Top Notch Tonto run again. I'm not expecting a whole lot, so I'm just going to enjoy myself watching the horses I like.
@paul, it is not the best quality for a Lockinge
what a horrid field
Tom Rolfe put up a good move in the Arc
This is Coolmore's response to More Than Ready. Verrazano will be their attempt to catch into that.
I wonder what his sire value would be right now? Hasn't won since last July. Maybe this move would be to enhance his value overseas, since his current value can only depreciate? How many horses have started their careers here, only to amplify their fame by shipping abroad to continue to run?
I'd like to see him do anything except what Animal Kingdom did. It'd be nice if he tuns out to be better on the grass.
i hope Verrazano does well, but Top Notch Tonto is my boy so i hope he wins.
I hope he does well, although a tough spot to make his Euro debut.
Chopin is an interesting one in here. Gonna throw a few bucks on that one. Good race can't wait.
STRONG traditional stake. usually with a good good field. Wish him well.
After a few early season entries and withdrawls, Verrazono will finally make his European debut on turf on Saturday in the G1 Locking Stakes at Newbury, but he's up against some pretty stiff company. Last year's G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 1st & 2nd, Olympic Glory & Top Notch Tonto. Recent G2 Bet365 Mile 1st & 2nd, Tullius & Montiridge, and his very progressive Irish counterpart Sruthan, who comes into the race off back to back wins in the G3 Concorde Stakes & G3 Gladness Stakes in Ireland.
  • EuroBlog · Is that not what this article says ILTR? Haha · 68 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Couldn't tell you EuroBlog, didn't read the article. Those were just my own comments. · 68 days ago

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Dan Munn is the Chief International Correspondent for Horse Racing Nation, covering the premier races from Europe as well as introducing and updating our readers on the very best of African, Asian and Australasian thoroughbred competition.

Based in England, Dan became a regular contributor to Horse Racing Nation in 2012 and continues to bring us the most up to date news from Europe with some exclusive interviews and answers to the questions we all want to ask along the way.