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Lucky Kristale lands Duchess of Cambridge

Report: Newmarket, Friday

Duchess of Cambridge Stakes sponsored by Betfred (Group 2) 6f, 2yo fillies

LUCKY KRISTALE, sixth in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, bounced back to winning ways to give trainer George Margarson Group 2 glory in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes on day two of Newmarket's July festival.

The 20-1 winner shot clear to beat 11-10 favourite Rizeena with Queen Catrine third at 7-1.

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Owned by the Graham Lodge Partnership, Lucky Kristale won her first two starts before Ascot and ran with credit behind Kiyoshi in the Albany.

Paddy Power quoted her at 33-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas after her impressive victory under Tom Queally.

"People didn't realise how upset I was at Ascot because she works with anything," said Newmarket trainer Margarson.

"To win a Group 2 is great. This filly is so laid back and a pleasure to train."

Queally, who was also aboard Lucky Kristale for her debut win on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course, added: "She did it very well. I was content to take a sit because they went fast in the Albany and she was to the fore.

"George said take your time and use her turn of foot. She's got scope to improve and has plenty of speed."

No jockey has ridden more for Margarson in the last five seasons than Queally, who said: "George is a great trainer and as good as any when he gets the ammunition."

Clive Brittain, who trains Rizeena, said: "She was lugging to the left and didn't show that burst of speed we know she has. It wasn't the ground, she just lacked that spark.

"To her credit she never gave in. The Moyglare wouldn't be out of it as she was staying on again. Take nothing away from the winner though, it was a good time and she won well."

 
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