Templegate’s best bets for the meeting at Gulfstream Park on Sky Sports Racing on Thursday



MAGICAL MIKE is coming down in grade and should make a difference along with the experience of three runs around Gulfstream.


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The change of jockey to Victor Lebron is significant because he has an impressive 50% strike-rate when riding for this yard.

Traffic Trouble is another having his sights lowered and he was a fair fifth here last time out. He didn’t get the clearest of runs that day and is capable of better.

Jack Beanstalk has been knocking on the door with placed efforts and it will be interesting to see how he goes upped to this mile.


SHE LOVE ME took a big step forward from his seasonal comeback when a fast-finishing second here last time. That was over this mile distance and he should be right there again from a better draw.

Red Fog is another to consider given the trainer and jockey team generate big profits. He hasn’t had the best of luck lately but has placed form in similar company to this.

Steadily is up in grade slightly after a run of a win and four places from his past five starts. He may just prefer seven furlongs to this mile but can’t be ruled out.

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HELL BENT has to come from stall 10 but is bred to excel on turf and it’s still early days in his career. There has been some positive signs and this looks his easiest assignment so far.

Declare Union has had a couple of spins over course and distance with a fair fifth last time when running on. There should be a fair bit more to come.

Clifton Park has had trouble in running on all three runs at Gulfstream and could figure with a change of luck.


DANCING DESTROYER has recent winning form in better races than this thanks to a win on her Gulfstream debut in December. She was forced wide last time and should find this level of opposition more to her liking from a handy low draw.

Richies Great Girl is back quickly after a solid fourth over a mile here latest. This sort of distance should be more to her liking and she rates a danger.

Reiterate clocked a big personal best when second over an extra furlong here latest. A repeat of that would put her on the premises again.


SPIRITUAL KING led for a long way on his Gulfstream debut last time before being collared in the closing stages. That was just his second racecourse run and he can improve for his top connections.

Ratify was beaten half a length latest when appreciating the step up to this distance. It’s early days for him too so there should be more to come.

More Than Usual is another to consider after showing some promise on debut last month. He wasn’t asked too many questions and is capable of better.


THREE DEEP has been building up to a win and was beaten in a head-bobber over course and distance last time. That effort was all the better because he was knocked sideways coming out of the gates and was forced out wide. He could get off the mark granted slightly better luck.

Embrace My Uncle has been consistent over further with a couple of close things in this grade. He faded last time so this shorter trip could pay dividends.

Quiet Company has his sights lowered after a fair fourth over five furlongs. This is just his sixth run so could have more to offer.


MONEY RIDE is one of the more consistent runners in the field with two wins and two places from his past four outings. Those efforts were all at Aqueduct but he has been on podium here too and should go close again.

Dominate Themoment had three lengths in hand when scoring over course and distance last time out. He had today’s rivals King Of Ranch and Flash Pass trailing in his wake there and both need to improve if they are going to reverse that form.

Of the two, King Of Ranch could get closer given his decent record over this course and distance with two wins.


VOLUBILE is taking a drop in grade on the back of an unlucky run last time where he was baulked on several occasions and had to back off. He has some decent placed form at the track and should find this opposition much easier.

Crupi’s Pizza Dom didn’t see out the slightly longer distance last time after leading for much of the way. His trainer and jockey team show decent profits when they team up which gives him a chance.

Uncle Curly looks a fair price if he can repeat the form of his first past the post here in January. He was disqualified for drifting in on his rival but the form looks decent.


YOUNGEST OF FIVE (NAP) hammered his rivals by an impressive four and a half lengths here last time on just his second racecourse run. He takes a slight hike in grade here but should be capable of improving and the yard has a good record in races like this.

To Dare was a fair fifth in a good race here latest when being shuffled out wide when making a challenge. He looks the main threat coming back from a short break.

Moretti goes up in class after a couple of good seconds and should be competitive.


VALLETTA was just nailed in the closing stages when third here last time so should appreciate this slight drop in distance. She has just two runs under her belt so plenty of improvement is expected.

Mighty Road is a newcomer worth watching after recording some good work times ahead of this debut. Her trainer has a strong record with turf debutantes which is another factor.

Act Like Artie was just two lengths off the pace here last time so is likely to be on the premises again.


6.00 Magical Mike (nb)

6.30 She Love Me

7.00 Hell Bent

7.31 Dancing Destroyer

8.03 Spiritual King

8.34 Three Deep

9.05 Money Ride

9.36 Volubile


10.38 Valletta


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