LUCKY Kristale could net her trainer George Margarson even bigger prizes after winning the Connolly’s Red Mills Lowther Stakes, a top race for two-year-old fillies.
Margarson is the son of a Grimsby fisherman and spent his formative training years with, among others, Geoff Toft in Beverley.
She won decisively despite carrying a three pound penalty for her Duchess of Cambridge Stakes win at Newmarket and will return to the Suffolk track for the Cheveley Park Stakes this September.
“The offers have been in for her. At this moment in time, I don’t think the Bank of England could buy her,” said Margarson. “She’ll be a horse worth a lot of money in the paddock one day.”
Margarson actually eased off Lucky Kristale’s workload before yesterday’s race – and believes the key will be keeping her fresh.
This season’s leading trainer at York is Nawton-based David O’Meara who enjoyed a double. Though Dutch Rose won the finale under Kieren Fallon, the more significant victory was Mont Ras in the Clipper Logistics Stakes.
Owned by the Colne Valley Racing syndicate, it was the biggest win to date in the career of young Irish apprentice David Bergin.
Mont Ras was one of the least fancied of O’Meara’s five runners but Bergin, 20, made virtually every yard and said afterwards: “I love it at York – I’m three wins from nine rides.”
Meanwhile Skipton-born William Haggas, who is enjoying an annus mirabilis on the Knavesmire, had another day to remember.
He had the first and third in the opening £315,000 DBS Premier Yearling Stakes – Haikbidiac was the beneficiary of an enterprising ride by Liam Jones with stablemate Nezar third. Jones came up the running rail closest to the stands and was virtually alone as the placed horses battled it out on the far side.
Haggas then saddled Our Obsession to win the Galtres Stakes under Frankie Dettori. She is ridden each morning by the trainer’s wife Maureen – daughter of Flat legend Lester Piggott.