Group Two Temple Stakes Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

Haydock - May 20 2022
Haydock 14:45
1(3)

Ainsdale

J:
T: Julie Camacho
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-6
OR: 105
Days: 196

A highly tried 5 year old who has looked most at home on softer ground during his career.

Scoring a few times in handicap company as a 2 year old on deep ground, he managed to score only once as a 3 year old when handled heavy ground the best. He’s not managed to win since and has spent most of his time recently over 6 furlongs.

Running ok at group 3 and listed level he looks to have plenty to find here. Hopefully a change in yard improves his fortunes.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
06/11/21DON6Sft9-37
16/10/21ASC6GS9-210
02/10/21ASC6Sft9-24
04/09/21BAD6GS9-44
03/07/21SAN5GS9-38
Haydock - May 20 2022
Haydock 14:45
2(12)
Rossa Ryan

Arecibo

J: Rossa Ryan
T: Robert Cowell
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 9-6
OR: 103
Days: 21

A good old hand in these sprinting races, Arecibo tends to be a pretty solid yardstick in these kinds of contests.
Wins have been hard to come by for the veteran recently.

He scored in handicap company last season and put in a near career best performance to be 2nd in the Kings Stand behind Oxted.

He didn’t look at his best on seasonal return and is vulnerable to younger legs.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-63
30/04/22NMK5Gd9-67
05/10/21CHA5.5VSft9-03
08/09/21DON5GF9-114
20/08/21YOR5GF9-118
Haydock - May 20 2022
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3(9)
Tom Marquand

Came From The Dark

J: Tom Marquand
T: Ed Walker
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-6
OR: 106
Days: 21

Ed Walker’s 6 year old hit new heights last season. Rising through handicap ranks, being gelded seemed to bring about improvement and he scored a decent handicap before going close in a group 3.

A short break followed and he managed to touch off Arecibo narrowly in a group 3 at Sandown.

His comeback run left a lot to be desired and he never looked involved at Newmarket last time out. If he comes on for that and shows his best from last season he can get right in the mix.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
30/04/22NMK5Gd9-610
03/07/21SAN5GS9-31
01/05/21NMK5GF9-62
16/04/21NBY5Gd9-31
03/04/21MUS5Gd9-63
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7(11)
Kevin Stott

Moss Gill

J: Kevin Stott
T: Edward Bethell
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-6
OR: 108
Days: 245

Graduating from handicaps as a 3 year old, Moss Gill took a step forward as a 4 year old. Scoring a listed race in taking fashion at York, he then put in a career best to be 3rd behind Battaash in the 2020 Nunthorpe.

He hasn’t managed to win since 2020 but has run well at listed level a few times in defeat. Notably behind King’s Lynn and Winter Power.

Shaping well on his last run saw him come 2nd in a group 3 race but he’ll have to come back better than ever to be involved here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-67
18/09/21NBY5Gd9-12
20/08/21YOR5GF9-1111
10/07/21YOR5Gd9-12
29/05/21HAY5GS9-42
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5(2)
David Probert

King's Lynn

J: David Probert
T: Andrew Balding
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-6
OR: 108
Days: 15

Winning a big pot as a 2 year old marked him for great things but he failed to realise his potential for a while.

It wasn’t until he was a 4 year old that he scored a listed race before two outings at Royal Ascot. Coming 7th in the Kings Stand before being a narrowly beaten favourite in the Wokingham Stakes.

After that he struggled to land a blow in group company but found his level in listed company again to round out the season.

His seasonal return saw him shape well but unable to give away 9lbs to Flaming Rib at Chester. He’s looked more comfortable at 6 furlongs and this drop in trip isn’t an obvious plus for him.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/06/22ASC5GF9-77
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-61
06/05/22CHS5Gd9-122
06/11/21DON6Sft9-61
02/10/21ASC6Sft9-22
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8(8)
Adam Kirby

Twilight Calls

J: Adam Kirby
T: Henry Candy
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 104
Days: 21

With only 3 career successes to his name, Twilight Calls has only won in low level handicap company over sprinting trips.

He won well on his return this season to win a handicap off a mark of 94 but looked out of his depth in a group 3 last time out despite being sent off favourite.

Moving up in grade will likely just expose him more but he’s lightly raced and still has time for improvement.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-62
30/04/22NMK5Gd9-65
14/04/22NMK5Gd9-61
18/08/21YOR5.5Gd8-136
29/07/21GOO5GS9-74
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10(4)
David Allan

Winter Power

J: David Allan
T: Tim Easterby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 117
Days: 230

After making a striking impression as a 2 year old, Winter Power showed she had plenty of natural speed.

She rounded out her two year old campaign with a devastating group 3 success and last season hit new heights.

Showing a fondness for York she captured two listed races there before scorching the turf on the Knavesmire with a brilliant victory in the Nunthorpe.

She’s shown her best form at York and struggled at other venues off the back of her Nunthorpe win. She has to prove she can do it at other courses here to justify favouritism.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-38
03/10/21LON5Hy9-78
12/09/21CUR5Gd9-210
20/08/21YOR5GF9-61
10/07/21YOR5Gd8-81
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4(10)
Marco Ghiani

Existent

J: Marco Ghiani
T: Stuart Williams
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 107
Days: 21

After being relatively disappointing for the Gosdens, Existent had a poor season last year and failed to amount to much in low level handicaps.

A switch in yards and a gelding operation brought about improvement and he quickly scored twice in decent handicaps on the all weather over 5 furlongs. Dropping in trip helped massively.

His handicap mark became unmanageable so a switch to group company came. He was well beaten over 6 furlongs but again over the minimum trip ran a career best last time out to be 2nd to Khadeem.

He has a great each way chance again here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-65
30/04/22NMK5Gd9-62
13/04/22NMK6Gd9-76
02/04/22LIN5St9-75
12/02/22WOL5St8-121
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6(6)
Cam Hardie

Mondammej

J: Cam Hardie
T: Antony Brittain
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-6
OR: 102
Days: 21

A very busy sort for Anthony Brittain. Mondammej seemingly found his level in handicaps last season and was scoring off marks in the high 90’s last term.

He’s dipped his toe into group company and listed level a few times but has found it too taxing on his abilities. A mark of 102 probably has him weighted out of handicaps for now but he doesn’t look to have the quality to be seriously involved here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-64
30/04/22NMK5Gd9-68
15/04/22NCS6St9-57
26/03/22DON6GS9-83
26/02/22LIN5St9-02
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11(1)
Daniel Tudhope

Last Crusader

J: Daniel Tudhope
T: K R Burke
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 8-12
OR: 108
Days: 9

This 3 year old only managed to score once as a 2 year old when winning narrowly on debut. Unable to hit the same heights after, she did run well in listed company on her last outing of the season.

She didn’t shape with much promise on seasonal comeback and found herself well beaten in group 3 company but she bounced straight back to win a listed race last time out.

She scored easily over 5 furlongs last time out and is well worth a go at this level off the back of that.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
12/05/22YOR5Gd9-41
13/04/22NMK6Gd8-97
02/10/21RED6Gd9-22
17/09/21CHA6Sft9-06
20/08/21YOR6GF9-06
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9(5)
Clifford Lee

White Lavender

J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 97
Days: 37

Starting life in racing last year as a 3 year old, White Lavender got off the mark at the first time of asking but that remained her only win of the season.

She shaped well in listed events and handicaps but would find one or two too good to score another victory over in Ireland.

Moving yards has seemingly helped her and she handily took apart a listed race for fillies at Bath last month.

Further improvement looks likely and she’s not one to be written off lightly if continuing her progression for new connections.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/05/22HAY5Gd9-36
14/04/22BAT5GS9-41
10/10/21CUR6Y/Sft9-24
17/09/21AYR5.5GF8-1214
26/08/21TIP5Gd/Y9-22
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12(7)
Sam James

Attagirl

J: Sam James
T: K R Burke
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 8-9
OR: 96
Days: 31

Winning a maiden by a wide margin here over 6 furlongs last season, Attagirl struggled to follow that up until taking a listed race at York.

Unable to live with Caturra in a group 2 she didn’t look to be of group company.

She returned to racing over at Chantilly last month but again looked out of her depth at group 3 level. She has a lot to find to be involved here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/05/22HAY5Gd8-77
20/04/22CHA5.5Gd8-119
10/09/21DON5GF8-126
21/08/21YOR5Gd8-91
13/08/21NBY5Gd9-02

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