THURSDAY’s Gr2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes over 1200m at York produced a winner by the mighty Frankel, but not the one the public was expecting to win the race.
The smart Fair Eva (Pat Smullen) was the 4-11 favourite, but it was not the one the market and many pundits expected as Queen Kindly struck at 9-2 under Jamie Spencer, with Fair Eva only third.
Unbeaten in two starts and looking a potential top-notcher, the Roger Charlton-trained Fair Eva headed the betting for next year’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas, but was floored as Queen Kindly produced the more telling turn of foot. She beat Roly Poly into second.
Fair Eva and Queen Kindly, from the first crop of unbeaten dual-world champion Frankel, raced towards the rear of the eight-runner field, but improved and those watching were treated to a final-furlong thriller with the second favourite emerging on top.
Trained by Richard Fahey for Jaber Abdullah, Queen Kindly sandwiched a third in the Albany at Royal Ascot between two easy wins at Catterick.
Spencer said: “I think the Frankel factor is great for racing. It has caught everybody’s imagination. I am just glad to get on one!”