Queen Kindly has Lowther option
Queen Kindly could be set to lock horns with Fair Eva in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday.
A fascinating renewal of the six-furlong Group Two contest for two-year-old fillies is in prospect with 13 contenders going forward at the six-day confirmation stage, including Roger Charlton's Frankel filly Fair Eva.
She is the 4/7 favourite with this year's new sponsor Sky Bet and is unbeaten in two starts, having followed up a Haydock maiden win by taking the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot. She hadKilmah four lengths back in second that day and Mark Johnston's runner could reoppose on the Knavesmire.
All eyes may be on Fair Eva but it could be the other Frankel filly Queen Kindly who steals the limelight. The Richard Fahey-trained Jaber Abdullah homebred is out of 2009 Lowther heroine Lady Of The Desert and has looked a high-class prospect in three outings so far this season.
She posted an eye-catching success on debut at Catterick and was just touched off by Brave Anna (Aidan O'Brien) and Bletchley (Ralph Beckett) in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She returned to Catterick for another easy victory in a five-furlong novice event last month.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Jaber Abdullah, said: "Richard tells me that Queen Kindly is in great form and we are hoping that she goes to York.
"Jaber is a bit cautious of the other Frankel filly so it is not absolutely set in stone that she will run but she is heading in that direction.
"She was close up in the Albany and would look have a very good chance next week – she should be in the first three anyway. I think we should be taking on the other filly but it is up to the owner."
The Sky Bet Lowther Stakes has a total prize fund of £200,000 and takes place at 2.30pm on Thursday, August 18, day two of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse.
O'Brien has also left in Roly Poly, who was successful in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival, when she defeated Magical Fire (Michael O'Callaghan) by half a length.
Other interesting contenders include Nations Alexander for Richard Hannon, winner of the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket, and Fashion Queen (David O'Meara(, a comfortable Thirsk maiden scorer last month.
"There are several other contenders going forward with proven ability in Patten race company and we look sure to have an intriguing contest on Thursday at York."