Rebellious Guest bids to become first horse to win at reopened race track

Newmarket Journal July 2013'Action from Falmouth Stakes Day at Newmarket July course.'Lucky Kristale ridden by Tom Queally trained in Newmarket by George Margarson wins The Dutchess of Cambridge Stakes. ENGANL00620131207232921

Newmarket Journal July 2013'Action from Falmouth Stakes Day at Newmarket July course.'Lucky Kristale ridden by Tom Queally trained in Newmarket by George Margarson wins The Dutchess of Cambridge Stakes. ENGANL00620131207232921

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Rebellious Guest will receive the chance to create a slice of history on Sunday after being confirmed for an appearance at Chelmsford City.

Newmarket trainer George Margarson is to send the evergreen six-year-old down to contest the 1m2f Class Two Betfred Handicap at the re-opened Essex track, which formerly operated under the name of Great Leighs.

Should the son of Cockney Rebel oblige it would see him become the first horse to register a win under the new name of the racecourse.

“Rebellious Guest has 
been in good form at home and the surface at Chelmsford 
City should not pose him any problems,” said Margarson. “He has got nine stone 12 pounds to carry, which is 
plenty of weight, and he 
may struggle a bit with that.”

After finishing last in a Class Two 1m1½f handicap at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day, the John Guest Racing-owned gelding sparked a revival when eased in grade at Lingfield on his last outing after being narrowly beaten into third in a Class Three mile handicap at the Surrey track.

“He probably should have won at Lingfield as he was only beaten by half a length, but it was a good run as he run up to his mark,” said Margarson. “He is still enjoying it as he is still on a 90 plus mark.

“He was just a bit unlucky at Lingfield as there was no pace in the race and hopefully he will get that on Sunday as he needs a good gallop.”

Away from up and coming action on the track the Graham Lodge handler also had news on his star filly Lucky Kristale.

Although establishing herself as one of the leading two-year-olds back in 2013 when registering successive victories at Group Two level, things did not quite fall into place last year with the daughter of Lucky Story finishing down the order in all three of her appearances including in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

“Lucky Kristale has done well physically as we expected between three and four,” said Margarson. “We had to train her for a mile last year which unfortunately didn’t work out so she will go back sprinting this season.

“We might start her back at Doncaster, but that might come too soon so we may wait and go straight for the Abernant Stakes at the Craven meeting at the Rowley Mile, or we might take her abroad to Deauville.

“Now she is back sprinting again there are plenty 
more options for her, but there is probably more pressure on me now with her than last year.

“She is a big strong filly and hopefully she will regain her old form again.”