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Lockwood lands Group 3 spoils in Supreme Stakes

Report: Goodwood, Sunday

Greene King Supreme Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo+

LOCKWOOD tasted victory for the first time in over a year when dropped into a four-runner conditions race at Thirsk on his last start, but it is a flavour he clearly took a liking to, repeating the trick to land the Group 3 Supreme Stakes by half a length.

In a race in which the lead was hotly contested early on it was no surprise to see three of the first four home settled at the rear of the field early on.

Boom And Bust, who was never out the first two but was swamped by fast finishers as all those who raced with him early faded. He held on for second but otherwise it was a race for those from off the pace.

Lockwood had sat in sixth of nine through the early stages, with dual Group 2 winner Penitent seventh and Professor and Pastoral Player the last two.

As the race unfolded Penitent found disappointingly little but the other three forged on, with Professor and Pastoral Player struggling to eat into the advantage Lockwood held on them, especially with Silvestre de Sousa getting first run.

He was the only one to get to Boom And Bust, threading his way through up the inside before coming around Boom And Bust, with Professor and Pastoral Player finishing third and fourth down the outside.

"There are no plans for him. He's improved physically, as he was very weak last year, and looks a nice horse for the rest of the year," said Bin Suroor, who felt Lockwood enjoyed the ease in the ground. "The horses are all running well and we're very pleased, we seem to having a winner every day!"

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