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Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin to clash in Newbury’s Lockinge Stakes

| 10.05.2011

He was the star of the 2010 Flat season and punters will be eagerly awaiting Canford Cliffs’ seasonal debut at Newbury on Saturday.

Following a third place finish in 2010’s 2000 Guineas, Richard Hannon’s four-year-old went on to win his final three races of the 2010 season, earning his owner £360,000 and Canford Cliffs is 4/5 to make it four wins a row on Saturday.

As Newbury prepares to host the Group One Lockinge Stakes, Richard Hannon will be preparing both Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin for Newbury’s feature race on Saturday.

Hannon has reservations about pitting the two horses against each other for the fourth time, but it seems Dick Turpin’s owner, John Manley, has convinced the trainer to run his two stars against each other.

Canford Cliffs was victorious on the last occasion the two horses faced off in Ascot’s St James’s Palace Stakes, but previously Dick Turpin had finished ahead of Canford Cliffs on two occasions.

Dick Turpin is a 3/1 shot in Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes betting and punters will be eager to see whether or not he can turn around the one-length deficit from the St James’s Palace Stakes.

While it will be billed as a two-horse race, last year’s Coral Eclipse winner and Dubai World Cup beaten favourite, Twice Over, will also line up alongside Hannon’s two stars and is an 8/1 shot.

It’s a race that looks set to thrill the punters and you can guarantee that the Lockinge Stakes will be a huge betting contest.

Canford Cliffs rightly deserves his odds-on favouritism as the star of the 2010 Flat racing season and should he reproduce that sort of form, his rivals will find him hard to beat.

But Dick Turpin enjoys a battle with his stable companion and we could be for a thrilling finish on Saturday.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.