2017 Haydock Temple Stakes Ante-Post Betting Preview

The 2017 renewal of the G2 Temple Stakes will be held at Haydock Racecourse, on Saturday (4:05pm). Our ante-post market is already live, so let’s take a look at some of the leading contenders…

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Washington Dc (IRE)

Age: 4 (Foaled March 10th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Zoffany (IRE) – How’s She Cuttin’ (IRE) (Shinko Forest (IRE))

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M Tabor & Mr D Smi

Aidan O’Brien’s inmate won the Woodlands Stakes, at Navan in April, before finishing just a neck behind Marsha in the Palace House Stakes (Newmarket) earlier this month. Should be there, or there abouts.

Quiet Reflection

Age: 4 (Foaled February 19th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Filly

Breeding: Showcasing – My Delirium (Haafhd)

Trainer: K R Burke

Owner: Ontoawinner, Strecker & Burke

The Showcasing filly didn’t really look herself, when 7th of 13 in the British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October. Quiet Reflection is much better than that and was too good for The Tin Man, in a G1 contest on this racecourse a month beforehand. A huge threat.


Age: 4 (Foaled March 9th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Filly

Breeding: Exceed And Excel (AUS) – Molly Brown (Rudimentary (USA))

Trainer: C G Cox

Owner: Mr A D Spence

Won on her seasonal reappearance at Bath, fully justifying favourite status and 5 lengths better than Futoon. 5th in the Palace House Stakes and needs to make-up 3 lengths on Washington Dc according to that piece of form. Certainly among those with at least a place chance, however.

Other horses that are attracting plenty of bets include Take Cover, Kachy and Robert Cowell’s Goldream.

Race Details

There are just 5 furlongs for the runners to cover in this lightning-fast contest for horses aged 3 years and above. G1 winners face a 7 pounds penalty and a 4 pounds levy is imposed on any G2 champion. A 3 pounds allowance is made for fillies and mares.

There is a £100,000 purse to be fought over in this fixture. The event was first held in 1965 and took place at Sandown Racecourse. It remained there until 2008, when it was relocated to Haydock.

The Temple Stakes often offers pointers for the King’s Stand Stakes, which takes place later in the season. Both Lester Piggott and Walter Swinburn both have four Temple Stakes winners to their names. Sir Michael Stoute is the only trainer to have scored on five occasions. The last if these victories came with Kingsgate Native in 2010.

Great Winners

Many very good thoroughbreds have won the Temple Stakes in recent years and the 2011 winner is up there with the best of them. Sole Power won, carrying the little-known jockey Keagan Latham into the winners enclosure.

Kevin Darley’s only success in the Temple Stakes came aboard the 2006 champion, Reverence. Out of a dam named Imperial Bailiwick, this chestnut gelding was sired by Mark Of Esteem – winner of the 2,000 Guineas Stakes (1996), the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996) and the Celebration Mile (1996). Reverence also won the Nunthorpe Stakes (2006), the Haydock Sprint Cup (2006) and the Flying Five Stakes (2009) and was named European Champion Sprinter in the year he won the Temple Stakes. Profitable won in 2016, under a ride from Adam Kirby

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