Queen Kindly (blue silks) produces the more telling turn of foot
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By James Burn 2:33PM 18 AUG 2016
Report: York, Thursday
Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo fillies
A DAUGHTER of the mighty Frankel won York’s Sky Bet Lowther Stakes on Thursday, but it was not the one the market and many pundits expected as Queen Kindly struck with 4-11 favourite Fair Eva only third.
Unbeaten in two starts and looking a potential top-notcher, the Roger Charlton-trained Fair Eva headed the betting for next year’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas, but was floored as Queen Kindly produced the more telling turn of foot under Jamie Spencer to beat Roly Poly, who was conceding a 3lb penalty to her rivals.
Fair Eva and Queen Kindly, from the first crop of unbeaten dual-world champion Frankel, raced towards the rear of the eight-runner field, but improved and those watching were treated to a final-furlong thriller with the 9-2 second favourite emerging on top.
Trained by Richard Fahey for Jaber Abdullah, Queen Kindly sandwiched a third in the Albany at Royal Ascot between two easy wins at Catterick.
“The odds never reflected her chances,” said Spencer. “Every time you ride her she’s chunkier and more powerful and she never missed a beat today. She was gutsy and tenacious and very professional. I pitched up at Catterick to ride her twice and a three-hour drive to ride her is a joy!
“She’s a gorgeous filly and Richard fancied her.”
Spencer, who won the Group 3 Acomb on Syphax on Wednesday, added: “I think the Frankel factor is great for racing. It has caught everybody’s imagination. I am just glad to get on one!
“Everyone has heard of Frankel. Probably the two most-asked questions from people who don’t have a clue about horse racing are, ‘Have you ridden Frankel?’ or ‘Have you won the Grand National?’. He was a joy to watch and it is good that his legacy is living on.”
Slashed for the 1,000 Guineas
Paddy Power made the winner 8-1 (from 20) for the 1,000 Guineas and eased Fair Eva to 10-1 (from 4). William Hill are 10-1 (from 20) about Queen Kindly and pushed Fair Eva out to 6-1 (from 3).
Abdullah, who bred Queen Kindly out of his 2009 Lowther winner Lady Of The Desert, said: “When we bred her we hoped she’d be special and she looks special.”
Fahey added: “We felt she didn’t have a good experience at Ascot so were quite happy to drop her back in grade at Catterick and it’s done her no harm today.
“She’s getting stronger and her best piece of work was last week. She’s in the Cheveley Park and we’ll discuss that. You would be worried on the pedigree on the dam’s side whether she would be a Guineas filly, but we will see.”
Fair Eva, a winner at Haydock on her debut in June, races in the colours of Frankel’s owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah and impressed when landing the Princess Margaret Stakes last month.
However, Pat Smullen, who was riding her for the first time, said: “I never really felt comfortable. She got quite warm before the race, not worryingly, but she sweated up a bit.
“Maybe something will come to light as I expected her last furlong to be her best and it was her worst – she just didn’t pick up. It rode like a flat run.”