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Kristale heads straight to HQ

A minor setback that led George Margarson to skip the Cheveley Park Stakes with Lucky Kristale is a distant memory.

The Newmarket trainer is now preparing his stable star to head straight for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The once-beaten filly won twice at Group Two level last season but an unsatisfactory scope saw her miss an intended Group One date.

Margarson said: "She has been back in training a month and started cantering on Saturday morning. We will pick her work up in February and get her ready for the Guineas. She will go straight there and probably have a racecourse gallop beforehand.

"Whether she gets the mile is the question - we feel she will. She is a very relaxed filly as we know and is being trained to get the mile. But if she has to go back to sprinting the July Cup would be her target.

"She has done very well over the winter. I didn't think she would do as well as she has. I expected her to fill out and get chunkier - she has done the opposite.

"She has lengthened, grown nearly a hand and put on 35 kilos. She looks more like an animal that will get seven furlongs or a mile."

Margarson has experience of going close in a Classic at HQ, as he saddled Barathea Guest to be third to King's Best in the 2000 Guineas in 2000.

He added: "At this point in time I couldn't be any more pleased with Lucky Kristale. She would be pleasing me as much as Barathea Guest did when I prepared him for a Guineas."