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Monday, May 21, 2012





Haydock Park hosts a fabulous seven-race card this Saturday, May 26, the highlight of which is the £80,000 Group Two betfred.com Temple Stakes (3.00pm). The five-furlong contest is the first race in the sprint category of the QIPCO British Champions Series.


A total of 19 sprinters were confirmed today for the betfred.com Temple Stakes, including last year’s victor Sole Power who is 9/2 second favourite with race sponsor Betfred.


The five-year-old, who is trained in Ireland by Edward Lynam, put up an impressive performance 12 months ago to defeat Kingsgate Native by three-quarters of a length and ran consistently well throughout 2011, including when an unlucky-looking third behind Tangerine Trees in the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October. His latest two starts were at Meydan, Dubai, where he finished runner-up on both occasions, most recently going down by a length and a quarter in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint on March 31.


County Meath-based Lynam said today: “The plan, ground permitting, is for Sole Power to go back to Haydock Park for the betfred.com Temple Stakes on Saturday. If the forecast is correct, conditions should be fine for him.


“The horse has put on a good bit of weight since he came back from Dubai and he seems in very good form. His work has been good.


“We have to go and look for a jockey for the horse now. I have to speak to him, but I would imagine that Johnny (Murtagh) will have to ride for John Oxx at the Curragh on the same day.

“I think after Haydock, the plan for Sole Power will be Royal Ascot, York and Paris.”


The Bryan Smart-trained Tangerine Trees has also been left in and could make his first appearance since his Prix de l’Abbaye success.


Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton is likely to be represented by Bated Breath, who was the nose runner-up behind Dream Ahead at Haydock Park last season in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup, which was officially the best sprint race run in Europe during 2011 on ratings. The five-year-old has been installed as the 4/1 favourite with Betfred and boasts an excellent record at Haydock Park, having won twice at the course.


Robert Cowell has three to choose from, headed by last season’s Group One King’s Stand Stakes victor Prohibit. The seven-year-old could be joined by stable companions Monsieur Joe and Spirit Quartz.


Veteran 10-year-old Borderlescott, twice successful in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes, has been left in by trainer Robin Bastiman, while two progressive filles that could line up are Night Carnation and Swiss Dream. Masamah was a Group Two winner at Goodwood in 2011 and carries the colours of locally-based owner Dr Marwan Koukash.


The betfred.com Temple Stakes offers one of the first opportunities for three-year-olds to take on the best of the older sprinters and the four remaining entries from the Classic generation include Bapak Chinta and Best Terms, who won the Group Two Norfolk Stakes and the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes respectively at Royal Ascot in 2011.


Betfred Temple Stakes - Betfred bet: 4/1 Bated Breath; 9/2 Sole Power; 7/1 Prohibit, Tangerine Trees; 10/1 Bapak Chinta, Masamah; 12/1 Monsieur Joe; 14/1 Elusivity, Night Carnation; 16/1 Best Terms, Dinkum Diamond, Swiss Dream; 20/1 Confessional, Temple Meads; 25/1 Borderlescott, Spirit Quartz; 33/1 Medicean Man, Stepper Point; 50/1 Vocational ¼ the odds - 1-2-3


Betfred spokesman, George Primarolo, said: “Bated Breath went within a whisker of landing last season’s Betfred Sprint Cup and connections will be hoping to go one better in this weekend’s Temple Stakes and his record at Haydock suggests a big run is on the cards.”       


The programme at Haydock Park on Saturday also includes the £60,000 Betfred Silver Bowl (2.30pm), run over a mile and one of the season’s most competitive three-year-old handicaps.


Betfred Silver Bowl - Betfred bet: 8/1 Archbishop, Gabrial; 9/1 Grey Mirage; 10/1 Apostle, Arnold Lane, Forest Row, Frog Hollow; 12/1 Mabaany; 14/1 Glorium, Grandeur; 16/1 Abishena, Basseterre, Dance The Rain, Nemushka, Tidentime, Trial Blaze; 20/1 Fire Ship, Lord Of The Shadows, Rockinante, Silver Blaze, Switzerland; 25/1 Chapter Seven, Gabrials Gift, Graphic, Hadaj, Johnno, Lucky Henry; 33/1 Cravat, Hazaz, Verse Of Love, Wise Venture ¼ the odds - 1-2-3-4




The going at Haydock Park is currently: 




Clerk of the Course Kirkland Tellwright reported today: “The forecast is for a substantially dry week and the course could well dry out further.


“There is a possibility that we could be racing on good to firm ground by Saturday.”

Haydock Park also races on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25.






Trainer Charlie Hills is hoping that Perennial can bounce back to form in the 11-furlong £35,000 Listed Casco Cocked Hat Stakes (3.45pm), highlight of the second day of Goodwood’s May Festival on Friday, May 25.


The well-regarded Motivator colt made a winning debut at Doncaster in September and ended a progressive juvenile campaign by filling the runner-up spot in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket the following month.


The three-year-old returned to action in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on April 18 but could only finish sixth behind another Khalid Abdulla colt, Stipulate, in the 10-furlong contest.


Hills revealed: “Perennial is a likely runner at Goodwood on Friday. We have been happy with him since Newmarket, when he didn’t run his race. He was too keen in the Feilden Stakes and the ground was a little bit loose on top, so it wasn’t his true running.


“We gave him a bit of time after that and he worked nicely last week. The form of last year’s Autumn Stakes looks pretty solid and the step up to a mile and three furlongs will suit him well.


“He has been left in the Derby at the moment and would obviously have to win impressively to be considered for Epsom, but we wanted to keep our options open.”


A potential field of seven for the Casco Cocked Hat Stakes also includes the Marcus Tregoning-trained Cavaleiro, who won a Newbury conditions race on his final juvenile start in September and made a pleasing seasonal return when coming home third in the Group Three Betfred Derby Trial at Lingfield Park on May 12.


Tregoning commented: “Cavaleiro might head to Goodwood, although he also has the option of going to Epsom for the Derby. He will work tomorrow (Tuesday) morning before we make a decision and he won’t run in both races.


“I thought that he ran really, really well at Lingfield as he was possibly a little short of work going into the race. He has come out of that run really well and I think that he will come on a ton.


“He certainly looks in good form and my horses are running very well at the moment.”


John Gosden has entered Feilden Stakes fifth Jungle Beat and Michelangelo, who made an impressive debut when taking a close third in the Listed Newmarket Stakes on May 5.


Expense Claim could make a quick reappearance for Andrew Balding after capturing a 10-furlong handicap at Newbury on Saturday, while the entries are completed by the William Haggas-trained Stencive and Polydamos, representing Harry Dunlop.


The Casco Cocked Hat Stakes has proven to be a springboard for future top-class horses since it was introduced in 2007. Rewilding took the spoils in 2010 and progressed to win the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Masked Marvel, successful in 2011, also graduated to Group One honours with a scintillating victory in Britain’s oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.


Goodwood hosts a six-race card on the first day of the May Festival, Thursday, May 24, when the three-year-old fillies get their chance to shine in the £35,000 Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes (3.45pm), over just shy of 10 furlongs. An entry of 11 for this year’s race includes Italian Group One heroine Nayarra and Coquet, who won a Newmarket Listed contest on her latest start.


The third and final day of the May Festival, Saturday, May 26, features a pair of Listed races for older horses.


The £35,000 32Red Festival Stakes (2.45pm) over 10 furlongs has attracted 16 entries including Beaten Up, who was sixth in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic in March, and last year’s Group Three bet365 Gordon Stakes runner-up Fiorente.


Both horses are also among 15 entries for the £35,000 Southern Daily Echo Tapster Stakes (4.25pm) over two furlongs further, which could feature Group Two winner Dandino and Grade One Breeders’ Cup Turf second Sea Moon.


This year marks the return of the three-day May Festival at Goodwood for the first time since 2006.







The going at Goodwood is currently GOOD, GOOD to SOFT in places


Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley commented: “The course is drying out and is currently good, with good to soft in one or two places.


“The weather is set fair and I anticipate the we will start the May Festival on some very nice ground.”

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