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Wall pleased by Premio effort

Stable star's Lockinge run

Last Updated: 15/05/11 12:26pm

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Premio Loco (orange): Lockinge third

Premio Loco (orange): Lockinge third

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Chris Wall was pleased with Premio Loco's third in the JLT Lockinge Stakes but will now aim his stable star at lesser Group races.

The seven-year-old was no match for the classy Canford Cliffs however he ran on well for third.

Trainer Wall is keen for him to get a win under his belt in the near future, before going back to play at the top table later in the campaign.

"It was a good run and we're very happy. Hopefully there will be some easier opportunities for him as the summer progresses," said Wall.

"At least he showed on Saturday that at the age of seven he's as good as he ever was, so that's encouraging.

"I don't think we were much further behind Canford Cliffs than we were in last year's Sussex Stakes.

"Obviously he probably wasn't fully tuned up yesterday, but I don't think we were either. There is probably improvement in both of them.

"I don't want to keep banging heads running in the highest grade all the time, as the horse needs the confidence of winning races.

"We'll probably drop back to Group Three or Group Two level for his next few starts, but I dare say the programme will force us to take on the best ones again somewhere down the line.

"We have plenty of options. He could step back to seven furlongs for the John O'Gaunt Stakes at Haydock at the end of the month. Or we could run him in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom on Derby day.

"There is also a race in France he could run in, so there are three options and he will go where ever conditions are most in his favour."

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