Talking Horses: Addeybb can upset O’Brien’s Lockinge Stakes favourite

Addeybb has looked like he was heading into Group-race company when an emphatic Lincoln Handicap winner and when following up in a Sandown Group Two contest

Any Aidan O’Brien runner in any race deserves the highest respect and his Rhododendron is a veteran of nine Group One contests, making her a formidable opponent for anyone. But her only success at that level in the past year came in very different circumstances to the ones she will face at Newbury in Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes, for which she is surely the wrong favourite.

Her narrow Prix de l’Opera win was on soft ground over an extra quarter-mile in a race restricted to females. She might not even be the strongest contender from her stable, since Deauville loves a sound surface. Both he and Lightning Spear look overpriced, while Librisa Breeze is interesting.

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