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Kingsgate Native Regains Temple Stakes Crown
25/05/13

1 Kingsgate Native 14/1
2 Swiss Spirit 9/1
3 Reckless Abandon 3/1
NR: Ballesteros, Free Zone
10 ran Distances: nk, hd, 1½l
TIME 59.25s (slow by 0.75s)

Kingsgate Native made a spectacular return to form as he regained the Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock.

Kingsgate Native
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Kingsgate Native

On a long losing run since this very event three years ago, the Robert Cowell-trained runner was on the stands side along with the 11-10 favourite Sole Power, while last year's Middle Park Stakes hero and eventual third Reckless Abandon was in the far group.

While Sole Power began to weaken, Shane Kelly was galvanising Kingsgate Native and he passed Reckless Abandon just before the post, finishing a neck in front. Swiss Spirit, who was bumped at the start, ran a mighty race from the rear to snatch second.

Kelly said: "When I let him go, he really quickened up, but I don't think the horse realised he was in front until right on the line.

"It's great. William Buick (Swiss Spirit) beat me on the line at Newbury last year when I should have won."

Swiss Spirit's rider William Buick said: "He got bumped at the start. It cost him the race."

Clive Cox, trainer of the previously unbeaten Reckless Abandon, said: "Delighted. That will put him on his game completely. He had a Group One penalty and that probably just made the difference. We are over the moon with him."

 

Betfred Temple Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 2)
£90,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
10 ran

Going: Firm

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Kingsgate Native
R M H Cowell
S W Kelly
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
Winner
2
Swiss Spirit
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 4lbs
9 - 1
Neck
3
Reckless Abandon
C G Cox
A Kirby
9st 0lbs
3 - 1
Head
4
Sole Power
E Lynam
F M Berry
9st 4lbs
11 - 10
1 1/2 length
5
Spirit Quartz
R M H Cowell
G Baker
9st 4lbs
11 - 1
1/2 length
6
Morawij
R Varian
J Doyle
8st 10lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
7
Masamah
M Botti
Luke Morris
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
8
Doc Hay
D O'Meara
G Gibbons
9st 4lbs
40 - 1
Nose
9
Tangerine Trees
B Smart
T Eaves
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
Neck
10
Ballista
Tom Dascombe
R Kingscote
9st 4lbs
16 - 1
7 lengths
NonRunner
Ballesteros
B J Meehan
Dane O'Neill
9st 4lbs
-
NonRunner
Free Zone
B Smart
R Ffrench
9st 4lbs
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