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  • 14:10 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes 6f

  • (Sponsored By Betfred) (Formerly The Cherry Hinton Stakes) (Fillies' Group 2) £80,000 added 2yo 8 ran
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 10.76s
  • Off time: 14:11:51

Lucky result for Margarson as Kristale lands Duchess of Cambridge

Last Updated: 12/07/13 2:44pm

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Lucky Kristale (pink): 20/1 for 1000 Guineas with Sky Bet

Lucky Kristale (pink): 20/1 for 1000 Guineas with Sky Bet

George Margarson claimed the biggest victory of his training career as Lucky Kristale (20/1) took the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes on the second day of Newmarket's July meeting.

One of the most popular men in the town, Margarson has endured some lean years with his small team, but can celebrate a landmark success after the 20/1 shot, sixth in Royal Ascot's Albany Stakes on her previous start, quickened clear under Tom Queally to score.

Fire Blaze cut out a fierce gallop in the early stages, which had all of her rivals working hard.

Favourite Rizeena (11/10) was among those to come under pressure from an early stage, but although she stayed on to take second place ahead of Queen Catrine (7/1), she was no match for the easy winner who had scythed through the pack under Queally to hit the front just inside the final furlong.

The winner earned a quote of 20/1 from Sky Bet for next year's 1000 Guineas.

Queally said: "They went very fast in the Albany at Ascot and she was always to the fore that day. George just said we should take our time today, use her turn of foot and she utilized that very well.

"I keep saying George is a good trainer. Once he gets the ammunition, he's as good as anybody."

Margarson said: "People didn't realise how upset I was at Royal Ascot. This filly works with everything - she's just a machine.

"Tom knew she was a machine, Ryan (Moore) knew she was and then she bounced the gates at Ascot and Graham (Lee) did the right thing, but she didn't get home. Ridden like this, she's a machine.

"When you win a Group Two like that it's great and there's no doubt a Group One is just around the corner for her."

Asked about plans Margarson said: "There's Deauville, but she's not a filly I'm in a rush with so we'll leave it open. I think she could be a Guineas filly next year."

Clive Brittain said of Rizeena: "She tried hard but she was sort of lugging to the left and not quite going through. Take no credit away from the winner, though.

"There'll be other days, and we might look at the Moyglare now."

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