Matt Chapman | Haydock Temple Stakes betting
The Temple Stakes used to be one of my favourite sprints – when it was at Sandown. It’s so easy to forget the classy animals that landed the event at the Esher track, namely Airwave, Kyllachy, Mind Games, Lochsong, Dayjur, Double Schwartz and Never So Bold.
As a purist I loath it being at Haydock, but of course the task of trying to find the winner remains the same, so let’s see what we can do.
Sole Power and Kingsgate Native are both set to line up, and both have won a Temple at Haydock already.
Of the two, I expect Sole Power to confirm recent Newmarket form, although the latter is massively dependent on a fast pace to show his best.
He may well get it, but whether the ground is fast enough is another matter. As well as that, his regular rider Johnny Murtagh will be at the Curragh on Saturday.
Sole Power is a tricky ride, and Murtagh has ridden him with aplomb when he has been on board.
Of the rest, Swiss Spirit could make a quick reappearance after an OK effort at York, but there is a good chance he’s better at 6f than 5f.
So, I’m left with the class juvenile Reckless Abandon. I caught a word with trainer Clive Cox at Windsor on Monday night, and he seems really bullish that the 2012 Group 1 Middle Park winner has progressed well over the winter.
For all that Sole Power is a decent stick, there is a real opening for a crack UK-trained sprinter and Reckless Abandon could fill the void.
He’s no one-trick wonder, having landed the Norfolk at Royal Ascot as well at the Group 1 Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes.
Hanging in the closing stages has been a slight problem, but that could have been greenness as much as anything as a juvenile, and he could just be an outstanding sprinting prospect.
He won on good and good to soft as a two-year-old, so conditions will be no problem, and he gets 4lb from his main rivals.
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