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  • 15:30 John Smith's City Walls Stakes 5f

  • (Listed) £40,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 56.35s
  • Off time: 15:30:37

Native aims for Walls win

Last Updated: 11/07/14 11:07am

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Kingsgate Native (right) aims to go one better on Saturday

Kingsgate Native (right) aims to go one better on Saturday

View from connections ahead of the John Smith's City Walls Stakes at York on Saturday.

Kingsgate Native has a rare foray outside of Group-race company as he bids for a first success since May last year in the five-furlong John Smith's City Walls Stakes at York on Saturday.

The Listed event looks a good opportunity for the Robert Cowell-trained nine-year-old, who is a stalwart of the sprinting game and has not run in a race of this class since finishing down the field at Dundalk in October 2012.

The Knavesmire remains the scene of his greatest moment, as he famously won the 2007 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes as a two-year-old when in the care of John Best.

His latest effort was a solid one, finishing second to Extortionist in the Coral Charge on Eclipse day at Sandown last weekend.

Cowell said: "Kingsgate Native showed he is great condition, having finished second the other day at Sandown.

"He is still a fresh horse this year and I can see him running a really good race. He likes the course and was a good fifth in the Nunthorpe last year.

"He is dropping down to a Listed race, which is the first time he's done that for a long time, so he should be one of the favourites I would have thought."

The progressive G Force represents David O'Meara on the back of his third in the Scurry Stakes at Sandown, while Paul Midgley's Monsieur Joe is another to arrive in fine form after his recent third at the Curragh to July Cup runner Fountain Of Youth.

Former Wokingham winner York Glory (Kevin Ryan) has been keeping good company, as has Chantilly Listed second Mirza for Rae Guest.

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