Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Temple Stakes, and pick out their 1-2-3...
"Developed into an outstanding sprinter in 2017, winning four of his five starts including the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly...."
Timeform on Battaash
1. BATTAASH (Charlie Hills/Dane O'Neill)
Developed into an outstanding sprinter in 2017, winning four of his five starts including the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly (making all, by four lengths from Marsha). Clearly isn't entirely straightforward (worked up and edgy at start when suffering only defeat last term in the Nunthorpe), but well clear on weight-adjusted ratings, even with Group 1 penalty, and looks sure to take all the beating (has also had breathing operation since last season).
2. DOCTOR SARDONICUS (Tom Dascombe/Martin Harley)
Produced a career best when making a winning stable debut in a minor event at Wolverhampton (by two lengths from Double Up) last time, showing excellent speed to dominate a small field from stall 1. Circumstances unlikely to be so favourable here, though, and plenty to find to be competitive on his first start in Pattern company.
3. ENCORE D'OR (Robert Cowell/Tom Marquand)
Recorded seven of his eight wins on the all-weather, but equally effective on turf, as he showed when winning a listed race at Doncaster in 2017. Limitations exposed when one and three quarter lengths sixth to Mabs Cross in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time, however, and likely to have no more than a minor role to play again here.
4. JUST GLAMOROUS (Ronald Harris/David Probert)
Showed the benefit of a wind operation towards the end of last season, back to something like his best when winning a listed race at Ascot. Should come on for last month's return at Newbury (went with zest until the final furlong), but looks up against it here.
5. KACHY (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote)
Thrived since the turn of the year, winning a handicap and listed race on the all-weather at Lingfield before making all in a minor event at Chester (impressive, by nine lengths from Growl) last time. Return to straight course a slight concern, but clearly in top form at present and a better model than when fifth behind Priceless (beaten two and three quarter lengths) in this race 12 months ago.
6. MUTHMIR (William Haggas/James Doyle)
Showed himself to still be capable of very smart form in 2017, winning a Group 2 at Chantilly (for second time) before finishing a good three and a half lengths fourth to Lady Aurelia in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Shaped as if needing return and not without place claims if building on that with headgear back on and James Doyle taking over in the saddle.
7. TAKE COVER (David Griffiths/Tom Queally)
Proved as good as ever at the age of 10 last season, winning three times on the spin in the autumn including a Group 3 at Newbury (by three quarters of a length from Cotai Glory). Tough and genuine sort who should be in for another good year, but might just need the run after seven months off, as he did when only seventh in this race last year.
8. WASHINGTON DC (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan)
Shaped better than the bare result when sixth in this contest 12 months ago (caught a little away from where the principals fought out the finish), and went on to gain a deserved Pattern victory in a Group 3 at the Curragh. Also acquitted himself well in two starts this term and looks sure to give another good account, though he has proved vulnerable at this level in the past (0/16 in Group 1/2 contests).
9. MABS CROSS (Michael Dods/Paul Mulrennan)
Denied in five-timer bid when an unlucky loser at Bath on return, but quickly resumed winning ways in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (by neck from Judicial) last time, staying on to lead in the final 100 yards with several of these behind. Well worth a try at this level with the prospect of more to come, though there will need to be with the likes of Battaash in opposition.
10. HAVANA GREY (Karl Burke/PJ McDonald)
Enjoyed a fine two-year-old campaign, winning four times, including the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, before also finishing second in a Group 1 and 2. Shaped as if needing the run after eight months off when fifth against his elders in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time, travelling well and leading until a furlong out, but this is even tougher.
11. MRS GALLAGHER (William Jarvis/Josephine Gordon)
Made winning return in a listed race at Bath (by neck from Mabs Cross) in April, and improved further to follow up in similar event at Naas last time, making all by one and a quarter lengths from Golden Spell. Receives all the allowances here and cannot be totally discounted given her current rate of progress, but others still make more appeal.
Timeform Temple Stakes Analyst Verdict:
BATTAASH confirmed himself the outstanding sprinter of last season when easily winning the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly and is clearly the one to beat despite his 5 lb penalty. Kachy has looked better than ever to win 3 of his 4 starts this year and is next best ahead of progressive-filly Mabs Cross.
Timeform Temple Stakes 1-2-3
3. Mabs Cross