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Audience leaves Lockinge onlookers in disbelief

Audience was a shock winner of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

The 22-1 shot was very much the second string for John and Thady Gosden, with stablemate Inspiral considered the real chance for Cheveley Park Stud, who own both horses.

Big Rock was another obvious major player on his first run for Maurizio Guarnieri, but the runaway Queen Elizabeth II hero never got involved as Audience – trying a mile for the first time having been a proven Group Two/Three performer at seven furlongs – was sent to the head of the field under Robert Havlin to set the fractions early on.

The sizeable lead he had built up then began to look insurmountable, with only Roger Varian’s Charyn able to give valiant chase, crossing the line a length and a quarter in arrears.

Mutasaabeq has eyes on Lockinge prize this weekend

Mutasaabeq will bid to break his Group One duck in Saturday’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, with connections confident his rivals “will have to go some to beat him”.

The Charlie Hills-trained five-year-old defied a penalty to beat last year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail in the bet365 Mile, which was switched to Newmarket’s Guineas meeting after heavy rain forced Sandown’s card to be abandoned the previous week.

The Shadwell Estates-owned Mutasaabeq, who registered a fourth win at Rowley Mile course, was one of 16 horses confirmed for the Lockinge on Monday.

Angus Gold, Shadwell’s racing manager, believes his victory in the Joel Stakes last September in first-time blinkers showed improvement and the signs are that he will continue to progress.

“He goes to the Lockinge. It was a nice performance last time. It didn’t surprise me that he stayed on well, because he looked like he wanted that (a mile) before,” said Gold.

“Obviously, you don’t go into a race like that thinking you are going to beat a Guineas winner necessarily, but I was obviously really pleased with him.”

Winner of six of his 13 starts, Mutasaabeq seeks a hat-trick after back-to-back Group Two victories.

He could take on Ralph Beckett’s dual Group One winner Angel Bleu, Sun Chariot runner-up Laurel, Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Modern Games and Champion Stakes third My Prospero in what is shaping up to be an excellent renewal, although Inspiral is a notable absentee.

Gold feels match fitness should benefit the son of Invincible Spirit, adding: “All being well, if he turns up in the same sort of form he was at Newmarket, they will all have to go some to beat him.

“Certainly the early signs – and though it is only one run so far – are that his behaviour was much better. He is a much more mature and relaxed horse and he was heading very much the right way the other day.

“The blinkers certainly didn’t seem to do him any harm.”

Fabre planning Lockinge bid for Tribalist

Andre Fabre has confirmed Tribalist is being aimed at the Al Shaqab Lockinge at Newbury on May 20.

A total of 20 horses remain in contention for the Group One following the latest scratching stage, including the John and Thady Gosden-trained fillies Inspiral and Laurel.

However, they will have to contend with Fabre’s Godolphin-owned four-year-old, who produced a career-best effort on Monday when making all in the Group Two Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud.

Tribalist finished third behind Charlie Appleby’s Modern Games in the French 2000 Guineas last year and the pair could renew rivalry.

“Tribalist is in the Lockinge and all going well, he’s going to run there,” said Fabre.

“It was a good performance, he looked in control all the way.

“The only time we have tried to make him settle he pulled very hard and finished nowhere. Since then we have let him race close to the pace. That’s his style of racing and it suits him, there’s no need to change.

“I wouldn’t be worried about running him on better ground, he acts on any ground.”

Simon and Ed Crisford’s Jadoomi, third in the QEII when last seen, William Haggas’ My Prospero – a non-runner at Ascot on Wednesday due to an unsatisfactory scope – and last year’s runner-up Real World are also among the 20.