The Temple Stakes (Saturday 25 May, 4.00) is run over five furlongs at Haydock Park. It is a Group 2 race, but its role of honour is packed with Group 1 sprinters such as Dayjur, Lochsong, Kyllachy, Airwave, and Sole Power.
The 2019 edition is set to feature the last two winners of the Group 1 Prix de L’Abbaye, so check out our trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the 2019 Temple Stakes.
Temple Stakes 10-Year-Trends
There have been a few shocks in the Temple Stakes over the years, including Mecca’s Angel defeat. However, the race is normally won by a good horse and the last nine winners have been rated between 107 and 123.
Favourites have a decent record with four wins in the last 10-years, with the biggest outsider in the last decade being returned at odds of 14/1.
Last year’s winner Battaash is the only winner that has carried a penalty to victory, whilst only two winners hadn’t had a prep run, and only two winners had won their previous race.
A middle-to-high draw has been an advantage in the last six editions but, with only six runners set to go to post this year, the draw may have little effect. Meanwhile, age hasn’t been much of a barrier with horses as young as three and as old as eight winning.
Temple Stakes Runner-By-Runner Guide 2019
Improving five-year-old filly that finished last season on a massive high when winning the Prix de L’abbaye. Her biggest problem is she must carry a 5lb penalty after that Group 1 victory and, though she managed to win carrying it on her last run at Newmarket, she’s stepping up in class here.
She was also beaten into fourth in this race last year by Battaash and, as she’s now 10lb worse off with that rival, she may need him to under-perform or for her rivals to go off far too fast in front so she can pick them up late on with her trademark finishing kick.
Shock 40/1 winner of the Group 1 Nunthorpe last season, a race in which he finished in front of Mabs Cross and Battaash. However, he finished behind those two rivals in the Prix de L’abbaye on his final run of the season. He also tends to perform better later in the season, with seven of his eight wins coming in July, August, or September. He did win on his seasonal debut in 2017, but that was only a class 4 handicap.
Sets a very high standard on his best form but he doesn’t always perform to that level and has both beaten and been beaten by several of today’s re-opposing rivals. The positives are that he has won all three of the Group 2 races he has contested and has won first-time-out in all three seasons he’s raced.
He also had to carry a 5lb penalty when beating Kachy and Mabs Cross in last year’s renewal of the Temple Stakes, and is 5lb better off with Kachy and 10lb off with Mabs Cross this year. His form did tail off towards the end of the season but, if his recent wind surgery allows him to perform to his best, he should win.
Mainly earned his rating by winning top-class handicaps off big weights, but did once beat the high-class Marsha in a Group 2. However, his record in group races overall is quite poor and it will be a fantastic performance if he can lower the colours of today’s high-class field at the age of 10.
His trainer Tom Dascombe has an excellent record at Haydock but Kachy has yet to win here in five visits. He went closest when third in last year’s contest, when he was heavily backed from 9/2 to 5/2 before just getting caught close home. Since then, he has been beating course records for fun on the all-weather over six-furlongs and comes here in excellent form having won on All-Weather Finals Day. However, he is unlikely to get it all his own way up front and is 5lb worse off with Battaash on last year’s running.
Rated only 104 and he hasn’t been showing himself to be in this class in recent group races. His trainer did win this race in 2013 but it would be one of the shocks of the season if this three-year-old was first past the post here.
Temple Stakes Summary 2019
As it takes less than a minute to run the Temple Stakes, don’t go and make yourself a brew around 4 p.m. if you’re watching the racing on Saturday afternoon, as you might miss the race.
Pocket Dynamo shouldn’t be winning, and past evidence suggests we won’t see the best of Alpha Delphini until later in the season.
Caspian Prince is also surely too old to be winning a Group against today’s rivals, but it will be interesting to see whether he can live with Kachy over the first few furlongs. That should guarantee a strong pace and that should suit Mabs Cross if the pace collapse late on. However, her penalty means that Battaash is 10lb better off with her this year, despite beating her in the 2018 edition.
You do have to take it on trust that his wind surgery will have brought Battaash back to his best but, as he managed to concede weight to his rivals last year, he does look to have everything in his favour as he bids to maintain his perfect record of winning on his seasonal debut and winning in group 2 company.