Two horses racing

22nd May 2015

Horses to watch in the Betfred Temple Stakes, Haydock Park

Heading to Saturday’s Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock? Here are my thoughts on the field for this Group 2 sprint over 5 furlongs.

What is special about the race?

The Temple is a key stepping stone in the build-up to the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and so it is a race that is worth paying attention to. Since its transfer from Sandown, the race has been won by the likes of Sole Power, Kingsgate Native, Bated Breath and Fleeting Spirit, all subsequent Group 1 winners.

Who should I be looking out for?

Both the 2013 and 2014 winners Kingsgate Native and Hot Streak look to get their name on the roll of honour once again. For Kingsgate Native that would mean a third success in the race having also won the 2010 renewal. Robert Cowell’s 10 year-old still looked as though he had plenty to offer when third in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket behind stable mate Goldream, however he has only get his head in front once, in a conditions race, since winning this is 2013.

Goldream looks to be an improving sprinter who took the step from Handicaps to Pattern company with ease on his last run, he is very much the unknown improving horse in the race and connections believe he is ready for another step up in class.

Hot Streak is another that we have already seen this year, he had a comeback run at Longchamp two weeks ago, I would be surprised if he hasn’t come on for that run and although his season tailed off towards the end of last year he was only a 3 year-old, I think with another year on his back he will make his presence felt in all the top sprints this year. Oisin Murphy takes back the ride for only the second time since partnering him to victory here 12 months ago.

G Force has to carry a Group 1 penalty for his win in the Sprint Cup at Haydock in September and although he has won over 5f I think 6f is his trip and giving 4lb to top sprinters won’t be easy. Although Sole Power was not declared based on the ground, we do have an Irish challenge in the form of Great Minds, with two victories already to his name this season. Trainer Tommy Stack will be hoping the ground doesn’t dry out too much for his dual listed winner.

The final one to mention is Godolphin’s Pretend. With only one run on turf at Meydan, it is hard to be sure he can be as effective as he has shown on the all-weather. His recent win on All-Weather Championships Finals Day entitles him to take his place and much like Goldream, he is somewhat an unknown.

Those are my thoughts, what are yours?