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Excelebration set for Lockinge

Excelebration heads the opposition to Frankel in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old was put in his place by Frankel three times last season when trained by Marco Botti, but tries again on the back of a pleasing victory on his first run for the Ballydoyle trainer in the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh last month.

O'Brien also has a second string to his bow in Windsor Palace, who floored stablemate St Nicholas Abbey in the Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month.

Frankel has overcome a slight leg injury a few weeks ago to take his place in the Group One over the straight mile.

Owned by Khalid Abdullah, he has shown his well-being recently and delighted connections in workouts at Newmarket. The four-year-old has already won five races at the highest level, and a total of nine in all. He will be joined to post by his close relative and regular work companion Bullet Train.

Richard Hannon, who has won the last two runnings of this race with Paco Boy and Canford Cliffs, has declared Strong Suit and Dubawi Gold. However, the Marlborough trainer warned Strong Suit will not run unless the ground is suitable.

"If there's any soft in the ground he probably may not run," said Hannon.

"Dubawi Gold definitely runs."

Ransom Note, trained by Charlie Hills, completes the seven-strong line-up.


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