TEMPLEGATE takes on day four of Royal Ascot confident of banging in a few winners under the summer sun.
Read on for our man’s top tips and read his guide to EVERY race and runner below.
MEDITATE (2.30 Ascot, nap)
She was impressive when landing a Group 3 success over this trip at Naas last time. She had lots left in the tank there and should improve plenty for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.
HEREDIA (5.00 Ascot, nb)
She did so well to score at York when making her handicap debut in a really hot contest. She had the door slammed in her face a couple of times when trying to challenge and needed every yard of the Knavesmire to get up on the line. She has copped a good draw here and looks to have much more to offer.
INSPIRAL (4.20 Ascot, treble)
She looked a superstar last season and it was a shame she wasn’t back in time to tackle the 1,000 Guineas. The Gosdens have taken their time with her and with good reason after she was unbeaten as a two-year-old. Her finest hour came when winning the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile by more than two lengths at Newmarket in October.
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ASCOT DAY THREE VERDICTS
MEDITATE was impressive when landing a Group 3 success over this trip at Naas last time.
She had lots left in the tank there and should improve plenty for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.
Fully Wet looks an ideal type for this race when winning convincingly on debut at Goodwood last month. She saw out this trip well and has a lot more to give.
Mawj created a good impression when scooting in by almost five lengths at Newmarket on debut. She’s well bred and should improve a bundle.
Elvenia was very green on debut at Newcastle but managed to win all the same. This is a major hike in grade from there but she looks a nice prospect and can outrun her long odds.
Lady Bullet won over five furlongs on debut and left that form behind stepped up to this trip at Ripon latest. She kept it simple from the front there and has enough pace to get on the lead again.
Queen Olly got the job done nicely at York first time out when this distance looked ideal. This is a stiffer test but she could be up to it.
Believing was behind Mawj on debut and scored nicely on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. It’s hard to see her turning that HQ form around but she’ll be nearer first than last here.
Powerdress struck over five furlongs on debut at Newmarket but is bred to improve over this distance and further.
Sydneyarms Chelsea has William Buick on board and shaped with promise when scoring first up at Newbury 17 days ago. She is a proven stayer who will be doing her best work at the finish.
GO BEARS GO was a good winner on debut over this course and distance when looking hot on the clock too.
He likes to be somewhere up with the pace so he was never happy at Haydock last time.
He tripped coming out of the stalls and had to race in behind before finishing strongly.
He has every chance of bouncing back here. El Caballo won that Haydock contest and is in the mix again.
That was his sixth win on the spin and he’s respected. Flaming Rib ran well in that race too.
Perfect Power is the proven class in the race having won two Group 1 contests over this trip last season.
He was a decent seventh in the 2,000 Guineas last time when clearly not staying the mile and looks a big threat.
Twilight Jet was impressive when winning at Naas over this trip last month. He will come flying out of the traps and could hold on for a place.
Tiber Flow hasn’t done much wrong so far with four wins and a second from five starts.
He was in front for a fair way at Newbury latest and did well to keep going for the win.
He stays well and and is another with place claims.
Ehraz was a short-head second in that Newbury race and could be a major improver. He won his maiden here last season so we know the track won’t be an issue.
Hierarchy looks a big price judged on his second to Go Bears Go two starts ago.
He flopped at Newbury last time so has a few questions to answer but he could bounce back and nab an extra place.
TRAWLERMAN came back from a long break to win at Chelmsford last time and has had this race as the target since. He has winning form over this trip on fast ground and looks open to improvement.
Royal runner Just Fine shaped well in third at York latest. He looked as though he will improve for that run and he can go close for Sir Michael Stoute.
Mashhoor had lots in hand when winning in a big field at The Curragh last time.
The handicapper was paying attention and has hiked him 12lb for that but he’s not long been with Johnny Murtagh and there could be a fair bit more to come.
Candleford is interesting coming back from seven months off the track. The last horse he beat at Kempton was Coltrane who came out and won here earlier this week.
William Haggas will have him fit for this return and he saves his best for this distance.
Contact has won his past two starts with plenty in hand. He travelled really strongly when scoring at Haydock over this distance and fast ground is ideal. He’s up another 6lb but should give another good account.
Moktasaab needs to bounce back from a modest effort at Epsom 14 days ago when he may not have handled the track. He’s done well over 1m2f but shapes as though he will stay.
Cemhaan has been in good form over further and a 5lb rise for his latest Newmarket win looks fair enough. He will be doing his best work at the finish.
INSPIRAL looked a superstar last season and it was a shame she wasn’t back in time to tackle the 1,000 Guineas.
The Gosdens have taken their time with her and with good reason after she was unbeaten as a two-year-old.
Her finest hour came when winning the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile by more than two lengths at Newmarket in October. She handles any ground and this daughter of Frankel should be worth the weight.
Tenebrism won the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September but was a little disappointing when only eighth in the Guineas last time when backed into favourite.
She’s been given a little break since then and looks a big price to make the places if she can show her true colours.
Cachet won the Guineas and was just pipped in the French version by Mangoustine last time. The former goes from the front and keeps digging out more and she has every chance of turning that Longchamp form around.
The American horses have been a little hit and miss so far this week but Spendarella has strong form after winning at Group 2 and 3 level across the Pond.
She stays well and William Buick is an eyecatching booking.
Prosperous Voyage chased home Cachet in the 1,000 Guineas and this is her first race since.
She looks capable of staying a bit further and could easily run on and nab a place if things go her way.
Discoveries finished last season winning the Group 1 Moyglare at The Curragh in September.
She ran below that level when beaten five lengths in the Guineas. That gives the Jessica Harrington runner something to prove but it’s too early to write her off.
HEREDIA did so well to score at York when making her handicap debut in a really hot contest.
She had the door slammed in her face a couple of times when trying to challenge and needed every yard of the Knavesmire to get up on the line.
She has copped a good draw here and looks to have much more to offer. Espressoo was second in that contest.
The Johnston runner looks to be crying out for this mile now and she’s a big each-way price.
Zanbaq hasn’t had a lot to beat so far but she won cosily at Haydock last month and should have more to offer on this first try at a handicap.
Fresh Hope won a Doncaster head-bobber last time and a 4lb rise in the weights looks more than fair. She relished the fast ground on Town Moor and has each-way prospects again.
The Queen’s hope Discretion isn’t out of this after a battling success at Carlisle. That was just her fourth run and there should be scope to improve as she takes on these stronger rivals.
Golden Spice has plenty of experience and didn’t have to break sweat when winning at Leicester over seven furlongs.
She should have no problem seeing out this longer distance and is a real battler at a price.
Crenelle is dropping in distance after a well-beaten third in a Newmarket Listed race on her latest start.
She hasn’t been clobbered by the handicapper and Frankie will hope to get a decent tune out of her.
Lullaby found the Irish 1,000 Guineas too much last time and won her maiden over this distance.
She needs more but is respected coming from Aidan O’Brien. Cigamia was second in a Curragh Group 3 and won a minor contest at this trip last time so is worth a look.
OTTOMAN FLEET has been brought along nicely by Charlie Appleby who started this son of Sea The Stars in a Newbury maiden in April.
He was beaten a neck there when very green and took a big step up from there when taking a Newmarket Listed contest last month.
That victory was all the better as he almost tripped at the start but he knuckled down for a cosy success.
Moving up in distance should bring further improvement on his third run.
Moore and O’Brien team up with Changingoftheguard who won the Chester Vase easily before a solid fifth in the Derby at Epsom last time.
That’s clearly excellent form and he is the main danger. Lysander is another major player with three runs under his belt for William Haggas.
He scored on the all-weather at Newcastle before a messy third in a Goodwood Listed race. He was beaten less than a length there and should have more to come.
Grand Alliance is another who ran in the Derby last time, finishing 16 lengths off the lead in 11th.
He went close in Listed company before that and the first-time visor needs to bring improvement.
Dark Moon Rising was held in the Dante at York latest and looks a bit short of this level, while Savvy Victory was behind the selection last time.
LOVES ME LIKEAROCK still looked pretty green when a close-up fourth in a hot handicap at Newmarket last time.
She didn’t handle the dip too well before finishing off strongly.
Charles Hills’ hope has a handy draw here, likes fast ground and has more to offer.
Latin Lover was impressive over an extra furlong at Kempton last time but has enough pace to drop back in trip. He went close at York before that and has a chance under a penalty.
Korker scored in a big field at York with plenty up his sleeve last time out. A repeat of that would bring him right into this despite a tasty 9lb rise in the handicap.
Nymphadora held her own in Group races before going close in a Chester handicap over this trip last time.
She was coming back from seven months off at the Roodee so there’s every chance she’ll improve for it.
The booking of top apprentice Harry Davies is another plus.
The week hasn’t quite gone to plan for American trainer Wesley Ward and he’ll hope for better from Ruthin who was seventh in the Windsor Castle Stakes last season and won a Listed race last time.
He’s lightly raced so could step forward. Ladies Church is another for the shortlist after back-to-back seconds at Listed level in Ireland for Johnny Murtagh.
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