The Temple Stakes is a Group Two Flat race run at Haydock over five furlongs in May. The race, established in 1965, was previously run at Sandown Park until transferring to its current home of Haydock in 2008.
Notable winners of the race over the years have included: Never So Bold (1985), Dayjur (1990), Lochsong (1994), Kingsgate Native (2010/13) & Sole Power (2011).
Here is a look at the trends and statistics of the race over the last ten years.
There has been just one six-year-old winner in the last ten years and that was in 2015 when Pearl Secret won at 10/1. If you were to take this 6-y-o bad record in the race at face value you will end up scratching Encore d’Or from your deliberations.
Three to five year olds appear to be the most favoured age group, accounting for seven of the eleven runners this year.
Group 1 wins – 3/10 winners had at least 1 win in a Group 1 race.
Group wins – 7/10 winners had at least 1 win in a Group 1-3 race.
Three out of ten winners were on their seasonable debut.
Six out of seven winners that had run already in that season finished in the first four last time out.
Nine out of ten winners had previously won a Listed or Group sprint in their career.
Seven out of ten winners had finished in the first three in a Group One race.
Other Significant Races
King George Stakes winners, Beverley Bullet winners, Scarborough Stakes winners, World Trophy winners.
Clive Cox has saddled the winner for the last two years but does not have a representative in the field this time around.
Drawn in stalls 1-5: 5-10-45
Drawn in stalls 6 and above: 4-8-50
As you can see stalls 1-5 marginally have the edge over stall 6 and above.
Eight of the last ten winners have been priced 10/1 or less.
Favourites have won three of the last ten races and show a tiny loss to a one pound level stake.
The four-year-old son of Dark Angel won four of his five starts in 2017, putting up an impressive display in the Group Two King George Stakes at Goodwood during that sequence.
He signed off last season with a first Group One victory in spectacular fashion in the Prix de l’Abbaye on Arc day at Chantilly. The world’s leading five-furlong sprinter will be a difficult nut to crack here.
Doctor Sardonicus, a winner at Wolverhampton on his debut for the Dascombe yard, looks to be the second-string here. He will however be suited by a five furlong trip on quick ground.
Encore d’Or ran down the field in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and will need a career best effort to figure in this race.
The six-year-old does boast 8 wins from 28 career starts which are not to be sniffed at.
Ron Harris’ five-year-old is a course and distance winner in 2016 and once got the upper hand over Marsha in the Prix Petit Couvert Stakes at Chantilly.
The chestnut gelding is a very dangerous to dismiss outsider in this field.
Kachy trained by Tom Dascombe, looked as good as ever last time out when blitzing the field by nine lengths in a five-furlong conditions race at the Chester May Festival.
In receipt of 5lb’s from last season’s l’Abbaye winner, Kachy is the obvious choice for each-way punters on Saturday afternoon and will be carrying plenty of money from the locals.
Dascombe had warned earlier in the week that the five-year-old speedster may be kept fresh for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but he appears to have had a change of heart.
William Haggas’ consistent eight-year-old was fourth on his seasonal debut in the French 2,000 Guineas a fortnight ago and will be hoping to build upon that run.
It will be highly significant if he does run at Haydock on Saturday as it was almost given as gospel that he would take his place in the Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly in a fortnight’s time, a race he has won twice already.
Take Cover is very much a veteran these days but he stills run with the same exuberance of any horse half his age.
The eleven-year-old possesses lots of early dash and if he could well leave his rivals in his wake with a quick break from the gates.
He has won twice at this level, both of those wins coming in the King George Stakes at Goodwood, and he finished off last season with a superb hat-trick of victories.
Trained by the Ballydoyle maestro and is often campaigned at this level but rarely manages to get his nose in front.
The five-year-old came fourth in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan before running third back upon European soil at Navan.
The four-year-old has won four of her last five starts and she took another leap forward last time out with a neck success in the Group Palace House Stakes at Newmarket at the beginning of May.
She would be a popular winner for the race sponsors being as they own her.
Karl Burke earmarked this five-furlong Group Two as the next target for the three-year-old son of Havana Gold after he finished down the field on his seasonal return in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.
The three-year-old won two Listed races at Sandown and the Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last term and could easily bounce back this weekend.
Mrs Gallagher receives over a stone from Battaash which she will be looking to utilise to her advantage in this contest.
She showed plenty of speed when winning a Listed race at Naas last time out, suggesting that she may be able to mix it up with the best in Group company.