Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
"Made winning reappearance in listed race at Navan in April and improved further when second in Palace House Stakes at Newbury last time..."
Saturday 27th May, 16:05
1. Quiet Reflection (Karl Burke/Martin Harley)
Won four times in pattern company last year, including the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot (by a length from Kachy) in June and the Sprint Cup here (by a length and three-quarters from The Tin Man) in September. Needs to prove she is equally effective over five furlongs, but record fresh bodes well and good chance she can make a successful return under a penalty.
2. Alpha Delphini (Bryan Smart/Connor Beasley)
Won listed race at Beverley (by a neck from Willytheconqueror) in August and improved further when a short-head second to Cotai Glory in a Group 3 at Newbury in September. Shaped as if retaining all of his ability when eighth in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time, but massive leap forward required to get involved here.
3. Cotai Glory (Charlie Hills/Gavin Lerena)
Second in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot in June and ran to a similar level when winning a Group 3 at Newbury in September. Shaped as if needing the run when ninth on his seasonal reappearance in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and should go well here, with Gavin Lerena an interesting jockey booking.
4. Encore d'Or (Robert Cowell/Harry Bentley)
Won five times on the all-weather and again ran well when third in the Sprint Final at Lingfield last time. Needs to prove he is equally effective on turf here, however, and even best form leaves him with something to find at this level.
5. Final Venture (Paul Midgley/Oisin Murphy)
Won four times last year and progressed further since joining this yard, adding a pair of handicaps at Meydan to his tally earlier in the season. Better than he was able to show when eighth in the Al Quoz Sprint last time and not out of this on his return from two months off the track, with the prospect of more to come after just five starts for this yard.
6. Goldream (Robert Cowell/Pat Cosgrave)
Won three times in pattern company in 2015, including King's Stand Stakes at Ascot (by a length and a quarter from Justice Day) and Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp (by a short-neck from Rangali). Below form last season, but was back to something like his best when third in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time and has definite place claims if building on that here.
7. Kachy (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote)
Sixth in this race 12 months ago and produced his best effort last year when splitting Quiet Reflection and Washington Dc in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot in June. Ran respectably when fourth on his return to action in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and has to enter calculations, with that outing likely to bring about some improvement.
8. Take Cover (David Griffiths/David Allan)
Won a listed race over C&D (by a length and a half from Cotai Glory) and King George Stakes at Goodwood (by a neck from Washington Dc) last season. Can be forgiven a below-par effort when well-beaten in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly (lost all chance at the start) last time and has sound place claims if fit for his first start in eight months.
9. Waady (John Gosden/Jim Crowley)
Won four times in 2015, including Sprint Stakes at Sandown (by a half-length from Wind Fire), and ran as well as ever when third in this race 12 months ago. Raced too freely when down the field in minor event here two weeks ago and entitled to improve with that outing under his belt, although much more likely to be needed now back up in grade.
10. Washington Dc (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan)
Placed in top company on several occasions last year, including when second in the King George Stakes at Goodwood in July and the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly in October. Made winning reappearance in listed race at Navan in April and improved further when second in Palace House Stakes at Newbury last time. Leading claims on form and hard to see him out of the frame.
11. Priceless (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Won listed race at Doncaster (by three-quarters of a length from Thesme) in September and took another significant step forward when making a successful return to action in a listed race at Bath. Below that form when fifth in the Palace House Stakes at Newbury last time, but wasn't seen to best effect that day and still has the potential to make her mark at this level.
12. Thesme (Nigel Tinkler/Andrew Mullen)
Won three times in 2015 and posted plenty of excellent efforts in defeat last season, including when a close fifth in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August. Well-beaten on her seasonal debut in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, however, and has plenty to find on form.
Timeform Temple Stakes 1-2-3
1. Washington Dc
2. Quiet Reflection
Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
A red-hot renewal of the Temple Stakes, with WASHINGTON DC taken to land the prize for Ireland after a cracking effort in the Palace House from a host of his rivals here. The penalised Sprint Cup winner Quiet Reflection looks sure to make a bold bid on his return, while strong cases can also be made for Goldream, Priceless and the locally-trained Kachy.