G1 Lockinge Stakes victory for Modern Games

Fifth career G1 success for son of Dubawi

Dubawi’s globetrotting son Modern Games secured his fifth top-flight success when landing a thrilling contest in the G1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury on Saturday, 20 May.

The four-year-old colt signed off his two-year-old season with a one and a half length victory in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. His first start at three came in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains which he went on to win by a length and a quarter, this was followed with victories in the G1 Woodbine Mile, by an impressive five and a quarter lengths and a second Breeders’ Cup win, this time in the Mile.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Modern Games travelled well throughout the race under William Buick, with two furlongs to run he began to make headway, he challenged the leaders before gamely taking up the lead inside the final half furlong. Showing a great turn of foot, he stretched clear in the final strides to prevail by a length and a half to win his first domestic G1 race.

Owned and bred by Godolphin, Modern Games is out of the New Approach mare Modern Ideals, she is also the dam of Classic-winning filly, Mawj, who two weeks ago was the brilliant winner of the G1 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

This is Dubawi’s third G1 winner so far this year and this afternoon he took his tally of Stakes winners to 19, as his three-year-old daughter Calmly landed her first Stakes win with an impressive three and a quarter length victory in the 2000m Listed Premio Mario Incisa at Milano in Italy.

Trained by Jerome Reynier, Calmly was settled in the rear under A Orani, she made headway through the field in the home straight and took up the lead comfortably passing the 400m marker, then went clear soon after for an easy win on her step up into Listed company.