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Trainer Amanda Perrett today expressed herself to be 'delighted' with Indian Lodge's performance in Saturday's Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

The four-year-old, stepped up to Group One company for the first time, finished third, beaten just over two lengths by Aljabr, and could now head for Royal Ascot.

'He's absolutely fine and I'm delighted with the way he ran,' Mrs Perrett said today.

'We could have done with a bit of rain but there are no excuses, the winner won fair and square and we were a little unlucky not to get second.

'He ran a great race and it's pleasing to get a place in a Group One.'

Mrs Perrett will discuss Indian Lodge's options with his owners before deciding on the colt's next race.

She said: 'We'll see how he comes out the race and there's a possibility that he'll run in something at Royal Ascot.

'We'll have to see what the weather does but it's a long season, he's proved he's a proper Group One horse so there's a lot to look forward to with him.

'Obviously I'll have to speak with the owners and see what exactly they want to do but he's shown enough speed for a mile so we'll probably stick to that.'

Indian Lodge had won his four previous starts before the Lockinge, including the Weatherbys Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket and the KLM UK Mile at Sandown this season.