Temple Stakes Betting Tips

Temple Stakes Betting Tips 5f Group2 Haydock Saturday.

I hope you were on last week’s selection, Belardo, the 8/1 winner of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. Slowly out of the gate, he went left and was soon behind. However Andrea Atzeni always had the field covered, and when he pressed the button inside the final furlong the response was immediate, and he took the lead in the style of a top class animal. This was reminiscent of his victory in the Group1 Dewhurst as a 2yo, when Atzeni was also on top, and he does seem to have an excellent rapport with the horse. Belardo’s action does require some give in the surface for him to perform to his optimum, and given such conditions on the first day of Royal Ascot, he would definitely appeal in the opening heat, The Queen Anne Stakes.

Mecca’s Angel is another animal who loves to get her toe in, and I’m sure connections would love to see the heavens open in advance of Saturday’s Temple Stakes at Haydock. Last year she made her seasonal debut in a Longchamp Group3, winning comfortably on easy ground. She was found out ten weeks later at the Curragh on good ground, going down by a neck to the useful Stepper Point, but next time, back on good-soft ground she covered herself in glory winning the Group1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in some style. The flying American 2yo filly, Acapulco, who had earlier won the Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal, meeting was sent off the 13/8 favourite, but even in receipt of 24lbs she couldn’t resist Mecca’s Angel’s devastating late burst inside the last 100 yards and was beaten 2L. She didn’t run in the Prix D’Labbaye because of the fast ground and was put away for the season. Having won in the Spring in all three of her campaigns, and indeed finished in front first time out for the last two seasons, she is clearly a mare who comes to hand early, so with plenty of wet weather forecast, she has to be fancied and it may be worth availing of the 3/1 currently on offer.

Top trainer of sprinters, Robert Cowell, is mob handed with five entered at the time of writing. They include the 2013 winner Kingsgate Native and it would be wonderful to see this 11yo veteran do it again, but realistically his best chance lies with the 7yo Oasis Dream gelding, Goldream. Another proverbial “Fine Wine” he didn’t try his hand at group class until last May when he won the Group3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket. Better was to come with two Group1 victories, in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot, and The Prix D’ Labbaye at Longchamp. He has been disappointing in his two outings so far this term, both in Dubai in March, but his trainer now reports him back to his best. However he is another who is ground dependant, needing a fast surface to show his best and the current forecast is not in his favour. Also he has a Group1 penalty to carry so perhaps he is one for later in the season.

Clive Cox’s 4yo Invincible Spirit colt, Profitable demonstrated that he is a sprinter on the “up” last time when winning the Palace House Stakes in taking fashion where he stayed on strongly to get the better of Jungle Cat, and Waady. As the Cox horse drifted from 16/1 to 20/1 and Waady was backed in to 9/2 favourite it is reasonable to suppose that Profitable has the greater scope for improvement and is likely to confirm the form. Partnered again by Adam Kirby, who has been in the plate for all three of his victories he is well worth considering.

Edward Lynam’s super old warrior Sole Power won this five years ago and judging by his run at Meydan at the beginning of March it wouldn’t come as a great surprise to see him do it again. As always held up he came with a great run and only failed by a nose and a short head to get up to beat Fityaan and Jungle Cat. Both subsequent efforts have been less encouraging but given good ground you ignore this 5f specialist and winner of over £2,000,000 in prize money at your peril.

The 7yo entire, Pearl Secret, having been second to Hot Streak in this in 2014, he took the main prize last year. He failed to hit the back of the net in his next six races but put in some great efforts in defeat, not least when finishing 4th in the Prix D’Labbaye at Longchamp in October. Drawn out with the washing in stall fifteen jockey Atzeni had little choice but to drop him in and he travelled in last place until approaching the final furlong where he finished well to finish fourth. Oisin Murphy is in the plate at the weekend and his chance is respected but it is worth noting that this is his first run of the season and his previous win and second in the event were preceded by a race. Is he match fit?

Selection : Mecca’s Angel

E.W.      :  Profitable

Kings Stand Stakes Betting Tips Group1 5f Royal Ascot Tuesday

Meccas Angel

Michael Dod’s 4yo Dark Angel filly, Meccas Angel continues to impress. Winner of seven of her twelve starts, she had her first run at Group level, last September, (Group3 Newbury soft) and made it a winning one, readily beating the useful Justice Day by 2 1/2L.

Since its inception in 1860, seven horses, including the great Diadem, (1919, 1920) have won The Kings Stand in consecutive years, but none have managed to bring up the hat trick, a situation that fantastic 8yo gelding Sole Power, is going to try to correct on Tuesday. Already the winner of an eye watering, near £2,000,000 he is as short as 4/1 to achieve his third successive victory in this historic sprint. He disappointed last time out, finishing 6th, 5l behind Mustajeeb at the Curragh (6f gd-soft May23rd) but is easily forgiven, as he has never won beyond 5f in any of his 48 races. Tuesday’s race is tailor made for this “hold up” horse and a reproduction of his win in the Group1 at Meydan in March this year, would certainly see him involved at the very least, at the business end on Tuesday. One for the short list!

Mind you, as the very open betting indicates, this is no one horse affair, and there are plenty need considering, not least William Haggas’s rapidly improving 5yo gelding, Muthmir. Having put up an astonishing performance to win the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last September with his head in his chest, considering he nearly came down exiting the stalls, he was put away for the season. He reappeared in a Group2 over 6f at York on May13th, where he acquitted himself well, finishing 5th, less than 1L behind the winner, Glass Office. He confirmed his progress when taking a Group2 over 5f (Gd-Sft) at Chantilly eighteen days later. Some were not totally convinced by his performance here, but to this observer he won cleverly, and as the runner up, Catcall, had been a slightly unlucky second in the 2013 Prix De L’Abbe, the form looks solid. Given better ground at Ascot,it will be hard to keep this rapidly improving sprinter out of the money.

The Australian 4yo, Brazen Beau, won a Group2 sprint over 6f last October, and progressed to Group1 level when winning at Flemington, again over 6f, twenty seven days later. Reverting to 5f four months later, again at Group1 level, he was beaten 2 1/2L. Last time out he won a Grade1 handicap readily, at 6f. Coming all the way from Australia, connections clearly fancy their chances, but I wonder if Tuesday’s test will prove just too sharp as he does seem to be better at six furlongs.

Unlike her Australian compatriot, the 6yo mare Shamal Wind, seems particularly well suited by Tuesday’s trip. She has won five times over the distance, and was quite impressive last time when winning a Grade1 handicap over an extended five at Caulfield. However this Dubawi mare has never won at Group level, and despite that last impressive win she might just come up short in this company.

Michael Dod’s 4yo Dark Angel filly, Meccas Angel continues to impress. Winner of seven of her twelve starts, she had her first run at Group level, last September, (Group3 Newbury soft) and made it a winning one, readily beating the useful Justice Day by 2 1/2L. Not seen again until May10th (Longchamp 5f Group3 Gd-Sft) she again disposed of a decent field in a very good time. Clearly a very progressive and consistent filly, who likes to get her toe in, so particularly if there is rain, although she acts perfectly well on good ground, she is going to pose a serious threat to all.

Charlie Appelby’s 4yo Invincible Spirit gelding Pretend, was very disappointing when trailing in second last at Windsor on June1st. However it was his first run for two months, and his very able trainer blamed the fast ground. He certainly looked a very talented and speedy performer when winning his two previous races over 5 and 6 furlongs at Lingfield. They were both highly competitive affairs, and as many animals who handle Lingfields A.W. Surface, adapt well to Ascots 5f course, he is by no means passed over.

Fourteen 3yo’s have won since 1974, so the two fillies Tiggy Wiggy, and Anthem Alexander are worth a second look. Tiggy Wiggy had the best of their last two meetings, both over 6f, but Anthem Alexander did come out on top at last years Royal meeting, over 5f. While the Hannon filly failed to stay in the 1000gns, Sole Powers stablemate has been kept to sprinting, and won on her reappearance at Naas on June 1st. Anthem Alexander certainly adds another dimension to Edward Lynam’s challenge, and it would be no great surprise to see this course and distance winner involved.

Selection: Meccas Angel.

E.W. : Muthmir.