TEMPLEGATE takes on Saturday’s blockbuster day of racing confident of landing a winner – or three.
Read on for our man’s top tips as he covers Champions Day at Ascot and beyond.
JOHAN (4.30 Ascot, nap)
He will be happier back in a handicap after his effort in France last time. This is much more his level as he showed when winning a nice prize at Salisbury before a good fourth in the Celebration Mile at Glorious Goodwood. He likes this trip and some cut in the ground is ideal.
TRUESHAN (1.25 Ascot, nb)
He showed his class when destroying his rivals — including Stradivarius — to win the Group 1 Cadran at Longchamp two weekends ago. That followed up his bloodless victory in the Goodwood Cup. Alan King’s star would ideally like the ground a bit softer but there’s still some give underfoot so he can defend his title.
ART POWER (2.00 Ascot, treble)
He clocked a scorching time when winning the Renaissance Stakes at The Curragh last month. It was a Group 1 performance as he hammered a useful field by five lengths. His Ascot form is excellent thanks to his second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and close-up fourth in this last season. Good to soft ground is ideal and he’ll run a cracker.
1.25 Trueshan (nb)
Class act who won this 12 months ago.
2.00 Art Power (treble)
Good win in Ireland last time and can follow up.
Ran well in the Arc last time and the one to beat.
3.10 Palace Pier
Just keeps winning top races and can strike again.
Globetrotter who was impressive when winning at York latest.
4.30 JOHAN (NAP)
Best over this trip and drops back to handicap here.
Good in bumpers and should make a good hurdler.
1.35 At Poets Cross
Won bumper easily latest and has much more to come.
2.10 Litterale Ci
Went close at Newton Abbot last time out.
2.45 Beyond The Clouds
Battled well to score at Warwick for latest win.
3.20 Francky Du Berlais
Summer Plate winner who will go close again.
Up fair 7lb for easy win at Sedgefield last time out.
Well bred and yard gets plenty of bumper winners.
1.20 Tudor Queen
Been knocking on the door and longer trip should suit.
1.55 Cover Name
Three seconds so far and has more to come.
Can land a fourth win of the year off fair enough mark.
Good winner over course and distance last time out.
3.40 Count D’Orsay
Not won for a while but best over this course and distance.
Went close at York and right in the mix again.
4.50 Bollin Neil
Solid effort at Nottingham and won’t be far away.
Has moved to the Skeltons to start hurdling career.
2.15 File Illico
Irish points winner who should improve now he’s chasing.
Plenty in hand when winning at Worcester last time.
3.25 Lily Glitters
Improved for stepping up to this sort of trip latest.
4.00 Pic D’Orhy
Betfair Hurdle winner at best who can show more over fences.
4.35 Glory And Fortune
Game win at Plumpton last time and right there again.
5.05 Barden Bella
Fit from comeback run and best over this distance.
5.40 Kayf Taoi
Expensive buy who can improve on debut fourth at Taunton.
Bred to do well over hurdles and from top trainer.
Form has improved since joining current connections.
2.55 Fort De L’Ocean
Back over hurdles after good chase second last time.
3.30 Hard To Forget
Won well at Uttoxeter and every chance again.
4.05 Pillar Of Steel
Consistent and up fair 7lb for last win at Uttoxeter.
4.40 Rebel Leader
Improved to win at Perth and has more to offer.
5.15 Amelia’s Dance
Back from a break with a decent third at Newton Abbot.
5.00 Regina George
Went close over course and distance last time.
Likes it here and wasn’t beaten far on latest run.
Finished strongly to win at Chelmsford last time out.
6.30 Aramis Grey
Regular winner who won easily here on latest run.
7.00 Fox Vardy
Needed comeback and interesting on Tapeta debut.
7.30 Emblem Empire
Stepped up on debut to score at Lingfield latest.
8.00 Symbol Of Light
Well bred and solid third on debut at Newmarket.
Won with something in hand here last time out.
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