Native thrills proud connections
Popular sprinter Kingsgate Native will continue his racing career for the foreseeable future following his heartwarming victory at Nottingham on Tuesday evening.
Kingsgatae Native (red) will continue racing
Newmarket handler Robert Cowell had suggested retirement could be on the cards for the Group One-winning 11-year-old following disappointing runs at Salisbury and Nemarket.
But the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Kingsgate Native proved there is life in the old dog yet with a resurgent performance at Nottingham, where he pulled half a length clear in a five-furlong conditions stakes.
“It was absolutely wonderful. He’s just the most fantastic little horse,” said Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson.
“I thought he was going to be retired two years ago, but then he went and won at Beverley.
“He came out and won again last season and now he’s done it this year, so it’s great.
“I believe he was trending on Twitter last night and he certainly has a big following.
“It was absolutely wonderful. He’s just the most fantastic little horse. I think he’s like a lot of us as we get older. If we fancy doing it one day we will, if another day we feel like we can’t be bothered we won’t.”
“All Robert said to me beforehand is that the horse was in great form, but I think you could tell from the fact he was a 20-1 shot what the expectations were.
“Robert’s horses are running really well and Jim (Crowley) gave him a great ride, so there was some reason for optimism, but he hadn’t beaten a horse on his previous two starts.
“I think he’s like a lot of us as we get older. If we fancy doing it one day we will, if another day we feel like we can’t be bothered we won’t.”
Asked whether retirement would now be put on hold for Kingsgate Native, Richardson added: “I think I’d be lynched by his fans if I said we’d stop now!
“What the Thompsons (owners) have always said is that if the horse is still enjoying it then he’ll keep going, and he’s obviously happy at the moment.
“It’s a shame he didn’t make a stallion, but he’s given us some great fun over the years and everyone is very proud of him.
“There was talk of retirement, but he defied those suggestions again.”