Kingsgate Native: adds a second win in the Temple Stakes
Kingsgate Native lands Temple Stakes for Cowell
Report: Haydock, Saturday
Betfred Temple Stakes (Group 2) 5f, 3yo
VETERAN sprinter Kingsgate Native rolled back the years to land a thrilling Temple Stakes for Robert Cowell and Shane Kelly.
Winner of the race in 2010 and a former victor of the Nunthorpe and Golden Jubilee Stakes, Kingsgate Native returned the 14-1 winner, narrowly holding runner-up Swiss Spirit and three-year-old Reckless Abandon.
The runners split into two groups, with Ballista, Spirit Quartz, Reckless Abandon and Morawij opting to race towards the far rail, with the remainder of the field heading to the stands' rail.
Tangerine Trees led the near side group but the advantage appeared to rest with the smaller, far side group as the contest started to heat up.
Reckless Abandon, making his first start against his elders, burst through to lead his quartet and the field with under two furlongs to run.
Realising Reckless Abandon held the advantage, Shane Kelly angled Kingsgate Native towards the leader and joined him on the far side, poking his head into an outright lead as the post loomed.
Following Kelly's move was William Buick on the slow away Swiss Spirit, who looked a little unlucky as he made strong late progress to snatch second from Reckless Abandon. Sole Power, the 11-10 favourite, finished fourth.
Winning trainer Robert Cowell said: "He is a very talented horse but so quirky, although when he is right he is right.
"His preparation has been awesome. Last year it was a bit hit and miss but he still showed a flash of brilliance and he has been training like a bloody good horse. And he has shown it today, I am absolutely thrilled.
"It is brilliant to have him back. It could all go wrong next time but at the moment it is going well and let's just keep our fingers crossed that it keeps going that way."
Of the luckless runner-up, Buick said: "He was bumped at the start and that cost us the race."
Clive Cox was delighted with the effort of Reckless Abandon on his seasonal reappearance. He said: "I am very pleased, that will have put him on his game completely. The Group 1 penalty made the difference."
Paddy Power make the winner a 12-1 shot (from 25s) for the King's Stand Stakes.