Temple Stakes Guide

1. Mabs Cross

Trainer - Michael Dods

Jockey - Paul Mulrennan

The top weight in this Group 2 event is the only female runner and Mabs Cross is a gutsy Mare who at 11/4 looks a great price even though she is giving weight all round.

This five year old is super consistent runner heading into this race seeking a hat-trick but also running in better races than this and winning like two starts ago in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye.

She takes on her old rival Battaash in what looks to be a super battle and even though she is high in the weights you could not rule her out.

2. Alpha Delphini

Trainer - Bryan Smart

Jockey - Graham Lee

This eight year old and veteran in this field is another smart contender who for the most part of his career, especially last season, was very consistent.

On his penultimate start he beat Mabs Cross in a photo finish in the Nunthorpe at York also beating the favourite in this contest Battaash that day.

That was a career best performance from the gelding and you would feel on his seasonal debut that he would need something close to that to take this contest off a high mark.

3. Battaash

Trainer - Charles Hills

Jockey - Jim Crowley

The Charles Hills trained superstar is one of the fastest animals over five furlongs in the world but you have to catch him on his day with sometimes him being very expensive to follow.

However, saying that he is a high class, pacy athlete who was won some very smart races including this one last year on his seasonal debut showing that he goes well fresh.

His stand out performance last season was at Goodwood in the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes where he completely dominated the field giving one of the runs of the festival.

If he was to produce that he would surely get off the mark for the season but should run a good race and is the one to beat on ratings.

4. Caspian Prince

Trainer - Michael Appleby

Jockey - Alistair Rawlinson

A race full of top sprinters and Caspian Prince is another one but might be slightly outclassed on his first run of the season an now being 10 years of age is not the force of old.

Caspian Prince is five furlong specialist that has won many races in his time and also finished in the placings in many classy events.

Although he has ground conditions in his favour it would be a big ask to see him go on and win this contest with it full of so many class individuals.

5. Kachy

Trainer - Tom Dascombe

Jockey - Richard Kingscote

The penultimate runner of the day has to be taken seriously from his exploits on the all weather and if Kachy can reproduce that on to the turf he could take some stopping.

This six year old has an electric burst of pace that has seen him land his last three contests with his last one coming in the All Weather Sprint Championships.

He has been called a Group 1 horse on the all weather and it is now time to see if he has the minerals to mix it against the best sprinters in horse racing.

6. Pocket Dynamo

Trainer - Robert Cowell

Jockey - Ben Curtis

The final runner of the day and the outsider of the field is the Robert Cowell trained Pocket Dynamo and without being harsh it would take a miracle for this three year old to win the race.

He finished fourth behind Calyx last time out and he should come on for that run but it would take a career best performance to see him up there come the finish.