Kingsgate Native set to retire

Dual Group One-winning sprinter Kingsgate Native could have his swansong in the Conditions Stakes at Nottingham on Tuesday evening.

Kingsgate Native may bow out at Nottingham on Tuesday

Trainer Robert Cowell said the 11-year-old is likely to be retired if he convincingly fails to win the five-furlong dash on what will be his 59th career start.

The Newmarket handler said: "Kingsgate Native's run at Nottingham on Tuesday is going to be his final race unless he bolts up.

"He seems in good form but he has been going a long time.

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"He has given us some great days and has been a great servant for us."

After winning the 2007 Nunthorpe Stakes at York as a maiden, when trained by John Best, the son of Mujadil captured his second, and only other top-level success the following June when successful in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Retired at the end of 2008 to stand at stud, Kingsgate Native was returned to the track with trainer Sir Michael Stoute after it was discovered he had fertility issues.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned gelding was moved on to Cowell at the age of seven and has since added three further wins – the last in a Listed contest at Haydock in May 2015.

Cowell said: "He gets lots of messages from people asking about his well-being and I am sure he has given people a lot of fun throughout his career."

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