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Nic Ladds 15th May 2009 - 20:58

Pressing can push his rivals all the way in the Juddmonte

The Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes looks to be the highlight of Saturday's racing and Richard Hannon's Paco Boy looks to be a worthy favourite at 13/8 in the betting.

Hannon's stable has been telling anyone who will listen that this is to be the race where Paco Boy silences his critics and he looks well prepped to do so after an excellent win at Sandown.

A poor run from a bad draw in Dubai turned out to just be a blip for Hannon's stable star as he beat Dream Eater in to second and Virtual in to third in the Bet365 Mile at Sandown.

People have voiced concerns that very soft ground could be detrimental to the favourite but a look back through his form show soft ground should hold no fears and he is a worthy favourite.

Dream Eater can be backed at odds of 14/1 but will do well to reverse form with Paco Boy and while he only has three-quarters-of-a-length to find, if the favourite is on song that just will not happen.

Virtual is third favourite at 15/2 in the betting and will have no problem with the ground, but when beaten by Paco Boy he was receiving 6lb and beaten a length so will find it difficult to reverse the placings.

The main danger could well be Aqlaam who is lightly raced because of injuries but made an impressive step-up from maiden company to win the Jersey Stakes.

He has been well backed in to odds of 9/2 in the run up to the race and more money would be hugely significant from this largely unknown quantity.

Henry Cecil's Twice Over would have a big chance if reproducing the form that saw him chase home New Approach in the Champion Stakes but a poor reappearance when turned over at odds on leaves him looking for a place at best and he can be backed at odds of 17/2.

Pressing and Alexandros both have some useful form aboard that would give them both a chance if translating that form to the UK.

Pressing is a 10/1 chance and has won some good races in Italy as well as wins overseas last year in September and November.

His shrewd trainer and owner produced the brilliant Rakti to win this race in 2005, and while it is doubtful that Pressing is of the same quality, he should go well fresh and has a big chance of troubling the favourite.

Alexandros meanwhile is the mount of Frankie Dettori and had an excellent start to the year, picking up some good races in Dubai before not quite performing in the Champions Mile at Sha Tin.

He may need to improve a bit to take this though and while a big run is not out of the question at odds of 14/1, for a lively outsider, Pressing is preferred.

All eyes will be on Paco Boy in this great race as we all wait to see if he can fulfil the promise the Richard Hannon and all the connections insist he has.

The shrewd stable is rarely wrong and all the right noises should ensure he is a short priced favourite and has a big chance.

Those looking for a punt at a bigger price could do worse than an each way bet on Pressing who could well reward Michael Jarvis and Gary Tanaka with another victory in the race if translating his exploits abroad to the unpredictable English conditions.

Don't forget about our Best Odds Guarnteed promise which as always applies to all UK and Irish racing.

Recommendation:
Pressing - 10/1

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