Temple Stakes Group 2

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The Racing Horse has more trends for Saturday but this time has a close look at the Temple Stakes run at Haydock over 5f. Those who use our trends have been heavily rewarded with this information stream. This race is open to horses aged three or older. The event was established in 1965 but ran at Sandown Park before being transferred to Haydock in 2008. The leading horses from this race oftern go on to compete in the Kings Stand Stakes, the last to win both races in the same year was Profitable in 2016.

The 5yo Kachy impressed in winning at Chester’s May meeting on his latest start, but trainer Tom Dascombe reportedly expressed some doubts earlier in the week about turning out again this month. However, both Dascombe and owner Dave Lowe have decided to give Kachy the chance to tackle last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye winner Battaash in the Group 2. Dascombe believes that while Kachy has thrived on not being raced too often in past seasons, it is now less of an issue for the Kyllachy gelding.

He said: “I think the horse has shown a preference for not having too many races too quickly in the past, but he certainly seems to be a different horse this year so we’re not going to concern ourselves too much with that. The Temple is at Haydock, which is one of our local tracks, and we’ll be getting 5lb off Battaash which we won’t get in the King’s Stand (at Royal Ascot). I don’t think it is all about Battaash, though, it’s a proper race.". ..

4.00 Haydock: Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (Group 2) 5f

15/16: Trained in the UK (94%)
14/16: Won over 5f before (88%)
13/16: Won by a horse aged 5yo or younger (81%)
12/16: Raced within the last 2 months (75%)
10/16: Placed third or better last time out (63%)
..9/16: Favourites that were placed (56%)
..9/16: Won a Group race before (56%)
..9/16: Raced at Newmarket last time out (56%)
..5/16: Winning favourites (31%)
..4/16: Won their latest race (25%)
..2/16: Owned by Qatar Racing (2 of last 4 runnings) (13%)
..2/16: Trained by Clive Cox (last 2 runnings) (13%)
..2/16: Ridden by Adam Kirby (last 2 runnings) (13%)


The average winning SP in the last 13 years is 13/2
6 of the last 9 winners came from stalls 6 or lower

The Racing Horse View

The Racing Horse totally disagrees with Tom Dascombe about the race not being all about Battaash, if the horse is fit he will overcome his draw bias and win. He as an outstanding sprinter last season, winning 4 of 5 starts, including Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp at Chantilly on final outing. Will be hard to beat despite his penalty. The going at Haydock is currently good to soft with rain about but that will not hinder Battaash as he has won two races on soft ground, optimum ground is probably good ground but this one is versatile. The trends suggest a recent run is needed and a draw lower than six is required but we still think the 4yo Dark Angel gelding will win.

VERDICT 1st: BATTAASH 4/5f  2nd: MUTHMIR 9/1  3rd: HAVANA GREY 16/1

Timeform View

BATTAASH confirmed himself the outstanding sprinter of last season when easily winning the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly and is clearly the one to beat despite his 5 lb penalty. Kachy has looked better than ever to win 3 of his 4 starts this year and is next best ahead of progressive-filly Mabs Cross.

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