Kingsgate Native holds an entry in next month's Sprint Cup at HaydockPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Kingsgate Native can win again this year - Cowell
ROBERT COWELL believes he has figured out how to get Kingsgate Native back on the winning trail and has told punters to keep the faith with his Cheveley Park Stud star.
The eight-year-old has not won since scoring in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May and has endured difficult outings at both Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood since.
Cowell says his team have now discovered the reason for those sub-par displays and he is excited by the prospect of a return to Haydock, potentially for the Betfred Sprint Cup on September 7.
"This is his second season with me and he is still performing to the best of his ability," said Cowell in the Racing and Football Outlook, which comes out on Tuesday.
"It's taken me a long time to realise exactly what makes this horse tick and what it is that stops him from performing to his best.
"In the past the soft ground has been blamed for poor runs but I think we've now found the real answer.
"I've no idea whether he will stay in training next year but he proved at Haydock in May that he's still one of the best around when things are right.
"Expect a big show for him next month when back at that course."
Another the Newmarket-based trainer is looking forward to running again is Spirit Quartz, who heads to the Nunthorpe at York next week.
Cowell said: "He ran far better than he has been last time out at Goodwood and I feel he is coming back to his best in time for another Nunthorpe run, having been runner-up last year.
"He has a great temperament and has proved he can mix it at the top level. If he runs as well as he did 12 months ago he has to have a live chance.
"I'm very happy with him and the Prix de l'Abbaye would be his big autumn target."
Read more from Robert Cowell on the plans for his string in this week's Racing and Football Outlook, out on Tuesday.