Lucky lands Lowther
Lucky Kristale produced an impressive performance to land the Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday afternoon.
Lucky Kristale produced an impressive performance to land the Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes at York for trainer George Margarson.
Carrying a penalty for her success in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, the 5/2 joint-favourite travelled well for jockey Tom Queally but had the majority of the field in front of her as they entered the last two furlongs of the race.
However, she quickened well when asked for her effort and soon hit the front on the stands side, powering away from eventual runner-up Queen Catrine to record a length and a half victory.
Margarson was delighted with her performance and suggested she'll step up to the very top level on her next start.
"She'll go straight to the Cheveley Park Stakes (at Newmarket on September 28) now as there's nowhere else for her to go," said Margarson.
"The further she goes, the better she'll be but we might as well stick to this trip for the time being and Newmarket will be her aim as long as she's ok after this.
"She's so professional now and not at all fizzy like she once was. All credit has to go to the lads who ride her out at home as they've managed to relax her and she's very laid-back now.
"She could be the best I've trained in time but at the moment, Barathea Guest still holds that spot in my heart. He won a Group 1 as a two-year-old but that was a long time ago - people forget we've had this type of horse before. Hopefully we might get a few more now though!"
Her jockey was impressed with the way she won the race and also holds high hopes for her in the future.
"Fillies carrying penalties don't have a great record in races like this, so to do what she's done is impressive," said Queally.
"She just took a little time to warm up but she came good after half way and it was easy in the end. She's very nice and is going places in a hurry."
Sky Bet were also impressed and have cut Lucky Kristale to 16/1 (from 25/1) for next year's 1000 Guineas.