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Olympic Glory heads Lockinge field at Newbury

Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:49 | Comments

Olympic Glory's two biggest performances have come on straight courses
Olympic Glory's two biggest performances have come on straight courses

Olympic Glory tops a field of eight for Saturday's Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

The Richard Hannon-trained four-year-old claimed the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last October but was then unsuited by the fast ground at the Breeders' Cup.

Hannon also runs a useful second string in Montiridge.

Olympic Glory's chief market rival is likely to be Verrazano, who will be having his first start for Aidan O'Brien since joining the Ballydoyle string from America.

A dual Grade One winner in the States, he finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

Further Irish interest is added to mix by Paul Deegan's unexposed Sruthan, who has won his last two starts in Group Three company.

Brian Ellison's Top Notch Tonto chased home Olympic Glory at Ascot but could finish only fourth on his comeback at Sandown.

He will clash again with the Andrew Balding-trained Tullius, who ran out a three-and-three-quarter-length winner at the Esher venue.

Chopin, trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, ran in the Derby and the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer and was supplemented for the race earlier this week.

The field is completed by Michael Attwater's Empire Storm, formerly trained by Wohler.

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