Kingsgate Native recorded his first win of the season at Nottingham
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 7:51PM 9 AUG 2016
IF KINGSGATE NATIVE had heard the discussion of his potential retirement he silenced the doubters with victory in the 5f conditions stakes.
Trained by Robert Cowell, the 11-year-old was sent off at 20-1, but the dual Group 1 winner proved the fire still burns bright when coming through under Jim Crowley to win by half-a-length.
Crowley was full of praise and said: “I wasn’t quite expecting that. He travelled really well and was always going to win. He didn’t feel like an 11-year-old today.
“He’s an absolute legend of a horse.”
Options still open
Chris Richardson, managing director for owners Cheveley Park Stud, was also delighted with victory, and added: “Every time you think maybe he’s had enough he proves that he hasn’t.
“He’s a horse that thrives on being in training. Robert has done a fantastic job. We might consider the Beverley Bullet or another conditions race.”
The popular sprinter needed to deliver a bold performance as Cowell suggested anything less could lead to the end of his career, and he did not disappoint.
His latest victory took him to eight wins from 59 starts, and the first prize of £9,960 took his total career earnings past £850,000.
Having won the 2007 Nunthorpe Stakes at York as a maiden when trained by John Best, Kingsgate Native was then successful the following June in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and as a three-year-old he was retired at the end of 2008 to stud.
However, his time as a stallion proved short lived and he was returned to training with Sir Michael Stoute following fertility issues.
Trained by Cowell since 2012, his other big-race wins include two victories in the Group 2 Temple Stakes and a win in the 2009 King George Stakes at Goodwood.