Lucky aiming for Lowther gold
George Margarson is hoping Lucky Kristale's 3lb penalty does not scupper her chances of winning the Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday.
The Newmarket trainer's star filly has to give weight to all her rivals in this Group Two after winning at the same level in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.
However, he reports Lucky Kristale to be in fine shape as she bids for a second notable success and her fourth in all.
"All's fine. She cantered this morning, a four-furlong blow. she's in good form and no problems, touch wood. At the moment she's in good nick and ready for action," said Margarson.
"It's annoying she's got the 3lb penalty. The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes used to be a Group Three so never got a penalty in this race and then you went straight for the Group One Cheveley Park. Now the Duchess of Cambridge is a Group Two it makes things more difficult.
"There may be improvers in there tomorrow, you just don't know what you're meeting.
"My filly beat Rizeena at Newmarket and she ran well in that Group One (Prix Morny) the other day. Queen Catrine is the one I fear the most. She's an improving filly."
Her trainer Charlie Hills believes the daughter of Acclamation, who was third to Lucky Kristale at Newmarket, has strong claims.
"We're convinced Queen Catrine has the ability to win a race like the Lowther, and she has had plenty of schooling in the stalls," he told www.charliehills.com.
"If all goes according to plan, she has a great chance."
J Wonder is the only filly defending a 100% record in this race and trainer Brian Meehan is looking forward to her stepping up to Group class.
"Full-sister to Chachamaidee (who) started with a fluent win at Newbury then retained her unbeaten status with a fluent performance in a hot Newmarket nursery, gaining valuable experience," the Manton trainer told www.brianmeehan.co.uk.
"The next two home have since given the form strong endorsements and J Wonder has continued to impress in her home work. Great chance."