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Take advantage of winning Streak in Temple Stakes

22 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Take advantage of winning Streak in Temple Stakes

Last year's winner fancied to win again in ideal conditions

The Group 2 Temple Stakes is the feature of the day in the UK and the ground is going to be key here. At the time of writing the ground is given as good to soft and if it is any quicker than that it should only be a fraction so fast ground horses should be disadvantaged.

That could see the withdrawal of 6/1 shot Pretend which is probably a bad thing for punters. His withdrawal will mean there is a deduction to bets and he looks one to take on in this better class. He’s looked very impressive over the winter on the all weather but not only has to prove he’s as good on turf, beating horses like Alben Star doesn’t prove you are group class.

Group class is certainly a term that applies to Hot Streak (6/1) who looks the most likely winner on this ground. Last year’s winner is unpenalised here, a comment that doesn’t apply to G Force (13/2) who won last year’s Sprint Cup here. G Force is making his seasonal debut and improved last season for the step up to 6 furlongs so could find things happening too quickly in this race.

Hot Streak certainly won’t though, he’s an incredibly speedy horse as he showed when travelling supremely well in this last year. He never got his combination of slow ground and the minimum trip again last season but did run very well on ground too fast in the Nunthorpe Stakes when beaten just over a length by Sole Power. Hot Streak has won 3 of his 4 starts over 5f when the word soft has appeared in the going description, the only defeat coming on his seasonal debut a couple of weeks ago at Longchamp. He was 3rd behind Mecca’s Angel on that occasion which is no disgrace and that should have put him spot on for this.

It would be no surprise if Hot Streak usurped Goldream (11/2) from his position as favourite. He won an arguably relatively weak Palace House Stakes at Newmarket at the start of the month and he’s been below par on all starts on softish ground.

Tombelaine to follow home 2000 Guineas favourite

The Irish 2000 Guineas will also be televised by Channel 4 and on a day where nearly every race has an extremely competitive look about it, punters could be forgiven for turning to Gleneagles as a likely banker of the day. The winner of the English equivalent is only available at 2/5 though so to make it a worthwhile bet you probably need to find the horse to follow him home in the forecast.

Third home at Newmarket was Ivawood (5/1) but that horse very much enjoyed the firm ground on that day and isn’t guaranteed to reproduce that form on softer ground here. Belardo is a 10/1 chance here and although he’ll like the ground, his reappearance run was too bad to have any confidence backing him in Group 1 company so 14/1 shot Tombelaine could be the one to chase home the favourite. He won in atrocious ground on his seasonal debut and the slightly better ground and step up in trip will suit.

Billy Slater a gold bet in Haydock’s Silver Bowl

This year’s Silver Bowl at Haydock doesn’t look a classic renewal but it should throw up a good bet in the shape of Billy Slater at 10/1. The horse was unlucky at Chester behind Carry On Deryck (16/1) who reopposes here. Billy Slater has never really looked as though Chester was his favourite course despite having 3 of his 4 career starts there and he’ll not only improve for his seasonal debut but also for the slight step up in tip. It’s worth noting that it was difficult to come from off the pace at Chester in the soft ground so that effort needs marking up and when you consider that his form from last season ties in closely with the likes of Anonymous John (rated 95), Popeswood (rated 88) and even Baitha Alga (rated 108) his mark here of 81 looks very workable. 

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