ITV Racing review, Sunday, May 20th, 2018

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Published: 20th May 2018

A thrilling renewal of the Lockinge saw Rhododendron take the honours in front of the ITV Racing cameras at Newbury

Joint-favourite Rhododendron wins a thrilling Lockinge in front of the ITV Racing cameras on Saturday.
The much-fancied Aidan O’Brien horse finished ahead of Lightning Spear in a photo finish at Newbury.
Rhododendron O’Brien a second victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes following a thrilling finish to the Group One showpiece.
Lightning Spear looked like he just about hit the front under Oisin Murphy and was about to spring a 16-1 surprise.
But Ryan Moore had hit top gear aboard Rhododendron (100-30 favourite) in the centre of the course.
There was only a short head between them at them line as the ITV Racing team delivered another fine afternoon of action.
It condemned Lightning Spear to second place in the race for the second year running.
Lancaster Bomber, also trained by O’Brien, who won with Hawk Wing in 2003, was two and three-quarter lengths away in third.


Communique prevailed from Poets Prince to seal a one-two for trainer Mark Johnston in the Al Zubarah London Gold Cup at Newbury.
Johnston’s charge broke his maiden tag at the fifth time of asking having shown potential finishing in the frame in each of his four previous starts.
The 7-1 chance took a decisive step forward to land the mile-and-a-quarter contest by a length and three-quarters to complete a double for De Sousa.
Outsider Never Back down produced a fine performance to beat All Out to the post when winning the Shalaa Carnarvon Stakes.
Hugo Palmer was given a pleasant surprise after his charge made his first start since being gelded a winning one after making all.
Having proved virtually unsteerable on All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield, the son of Kodiac kept to a true line on his return to turf.


Furthermore, he built on his fast exit to run out a half a length winner of the six-furlong Listed prize.

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