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Native turns back clock to triumph at Haydock

Kingsgate Native rolled back the years when making a brilliant return to form to win the Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock for a second time.

On a long losing run since this race three years ago, when he was trained by Michael Stoute, the dual Group One winner subsequently moved to sprint specialist Robert Cowell.

The field split, and Kingsgate Native (14/1) was on the stands side along with the hot favourite Sole Power, while the unbeaten Reckless Abandon was stuck on the far group. As Sole Power began to weaken to finish fourth, Shane Kelly galvanised Kingsgate Native to take the spoils by a neck from the unlucky Swiss Spirit, with the previously unbeaten Reckless Abandon a head behind in third.

"He's quirky and things have to fall right for him. He was as cool as a cucumber out there," said Cowell. "He still showed a flash of brilliance last year and he's been training like a very good horse. He's shown it on the track today and I'm absolutely thrilled.

"We'll celebrate and have a chat about what to go for at Royal Ascot. He's like a spring chicken. He bucks and he squeals on a morning. He's a happy camper.

"It could all go wrong next time but at the moment everything is going well and I hope it stays that way. To win a big one like this means a lot to the yard. It's brilliant."

Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park stud, said: "He was a fantastic two-year-old winning the Nunthorpe. It's one of those fantastic stories. Sadly he couldn't do the job back at the stud, we gelded him and he got back going.

"Robert has done a fantastic job with him. The horse had a few issues and to bring him back today on fast ground is fantastic."

Meanwhile, Shebebi is likely to be in Mark Johnston's Royal Ascot team after he shrugged off all-comers to make every yard in the betfred.com Silver Bowl.

The 12/1 shot kept finding for Liam Jones and got home by a neck from Newstead Abbey, with Mocenigo another neck away third.

"I got him during the winter from John Dunlop and he had a reputation for being badly behaved going into the stalls," Johnston said. "Obviously Royal Ascot would have to be on the cards after winning a race like that."

Irish Independent