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Lockinge win for Godolphin’s Ribchester

Ribchester has put on an impressive front-running display to win the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury giving Godolphin a record eighth win in the race.

The four-year-old, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by William Buick, kept finding more in front and was far too strong for the opposition in the first domestic Group One race of the season for older horses.

The 7-4 favourite kept up the gallop in admirable style to score by 3-3/4 lengths from the David Simcock-trained Lightning Spear (9-2).

“It was a huge performance. We felt there was one in him and it’s all come together,” Fahey said.

“As he’s got older he’s got wiser. If we could get his mind right we always felt he’d be special.

“That’s a strong word for a trainer to use but when you see a performance like that, it was special.”

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