QUEEN KINDLY STANDING OUT


QUEEN Kindly must go well in the Flying Fillies’ Stakes at Pontefract this afternoon.

A big field has been declared for the ‘Listed’ dash in West Yorkshire, but Richard Fahey’s three-year-old is a stand- out contender for the gold medal.

The daughter of Frankel has had her ups-and-downs since she won the Lowther at York last summer.

But she has consistently been tried at a really good level, and showed at York last month that the fires still flicker with intent.

Queen Kindly was sent on her way an 11-2 chance for the Group Three Summer Stakes but she was agonisingly denied by a short head as Mystic Dawn seized the day in a stirring finish.

She might have failed to get a mile in the Guineas in the spring, but six furlongs is very much her bag.

Conditions at Pontefract look just about ideal, and though there are some interesting horses in the line-up, it is fair to say Queen Kindly has less on her plate than in most of her other races to date.

Major Crispies is respected in division one of the six-furlong handicap.

The six-year-old gelding does not have a particularly good win-to-run ratio – he has only claimed victory once on the turf – but he’s gone very close to improving that record since his transfer to David O’Meara.

Major Crispies was particularly unfortunate at Musselburgh a few weeks ago when he was all dressed up with nowhere to go inside the final furlong.

The game was up from there on in as the son of Pastoral Pursuits ended up finishing fourth in a fair seven- furlong handicap.

O’Meara will not exactly be delighted that the assessor has bumped him up 3-lb for this assignment, but he is clearly in decent nick and will be unfazed by dropping back to six furlongs.

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