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  • 14:30 Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes 6f

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £150,000 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner £85,065 2nd £32,250 3rd £16,140 4th £8,040
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 10.58s
  • Off time: 14:31:16

View from connections: the Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes

Last Updated: 21/08/13 1:00pm

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Lucky Kristale: Has to carry a penalty

Lucky Kristale: Has to carry a penalty

George Margarson is hoping Lucky Kristale's 3lb penalty does not scupper her chances of winning the Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday.

The Newmarket trainer's star filly has to give weight to all her rivals in this Group Two after winning at the same level in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

However, he reports Lucky Kristale to be in fine shape as she bids for a second notable success and her fourth in all.

"All's fine. She cantered this morning, a four-furlong blow. she's in good form and no problems, touch wood. At the moment she's in good nick and ready for action," said Margarson.

"It's annoying she's got the 3lb penalty. The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes used to be a Group Three so never got a penalty in this race and then you went straight for the Group One Cheveley Park. Now the Duchess of Cambridge is a Group Two it makes things more difficult.

"There may be improvers in there tomorrow, you just don't know what you're meeting.

"My filly beat Rizeena at Newmarket and she ran well in that Group One (Prix Morny) the other day. Queen Catrine is the one I fear the most. She's an improving filly."

Her trainer Charlie Hills believes the daughter of Acclamation, who was third to Lucky Kristale at Newmarket, has strong claims.

"We're convinced Queen Catrine has the ability to win a race like the Lowther, and she has had plenty of schooling in the stalls," he told www.charliehills.com. "If all goes according to plan, she has a great chance."

J Wonder is the only filly defending a 100% record in this race and trainer Brian Meehan is looking forward to her stepping up to Group class.

"Full-sister to Chachamaidee (who) started with a fluent win at Newbury then retained her unbeaten status with a fluent performance in a hot Newmarket nursery, gaining valuable experience," the Manton trainer told www.brianmeehan.co.uk.

"The next two home have since given the form strong endorsements and J Wonder has continued to impress in her home work. Great chance."Trainer David Brown is happy to send Wind Fire back into action so soon following her victory in the Listed St Hugh's Stakes over five furlongs at Newbury on Friday.

The Qatar Racing-owned filly disappointed on her only previous attempt at six furlongs when fifth in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot, but Brown felt she did not show her true colours that day.

"She's in top form and she deserves her chance in the Lowther. She did it nicely the other day and I'm looking forward to her running," he said. "I don't think she ran her race at Ascot and I'm sure she'll get the six all right."

Qatar Racing have a second string to their bow in Alutiq and her trainer Eve Johnson Houghton believes the Kodiac filly will relish the step up in trip.

"She's done really well and has been crying out for a step up to six furlongs," said the Blewbury handler. "I think she will improve for the step up and I think she will be there or thereabouts."

Ed Walker has stamina concerns about Reroute, but is hopeful the fast six furlongs at York, where she made a winning debut over the minimum trip, will be within her grasp.

"She's in great form but we missed the St Hugh's as she really does need quick ground," said the Newmarket trainer.

"I have no worries about her ability, but the big question mark is her stamina as to whether she will see out the six. If she is ever going to stay six it will be at York.

"It's a speedy six and she's all speed. She's in really good shape and we're hopeful of a good show.

"She ran a great race in the Queen Mary and that was only five days after her debut. In the Molecomb (at Goodwood) the ground was soft, so you can put a line through that."

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