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Lockinge bid in Chopin sights

Chopin will be supplemented for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, the four-year-old will head to England for a third time after finishing seventh in both the Epsom Derby and the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Qatar Racing-owned four-year-old has already had a pipe-opener this term, when he claimed second spot in a Group Three at Dusseldorf in April.

Wohler said: "He has just been supplemented for Newbury and we are looking forward to coming over with him.

"He is in very good form and he should be a lot fitter after that first run.

"Jamie Spencer will ride again."

Connections of Tullius are buoyed by the recent rainfall at the Berkshire circuit.

The Andrew Balding-trained six-year-old has made a strong start to the campaign, with a second-placed finish in the Lincoln backed up by a runaway success in the bet365 Mile at Sandown.

Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: "I was just speaking to Andrew, and the horse is very well.

"If it is soft ground, that is obviously not an inconvenience.

"Then again, if the ground is good, good to soft, that will also be fine as, if it goes heavy that will play to the strengths of horses like Top Notch Tonto and Olympic Glory.

"As long as it's not good to firm, we are good to go.

"Jimmy Fortune will stay on board."