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Temple Stakes: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Racing at Haydock
The Temple Stakes is the feature race on Saturday's card at Haydock

"Winter Power proved a disappointment on her final 2 outings last season, but she sets a clear second on the form of her Nunthorpe success..."

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

Temple Stakes
15:45 Haydock, Saturday
Live on ITV4

1. Ainsdale (Julie Camacho/ Graham Lee)
Smart performer who was second in this corresponding event last year, but that looked a substandard renewal and he ended the season out of sorts. Others preferred on return for new yard.

2. Arecibo (Robert Cowell/ Rossa Ryan)
Transformed from frustrating handicapper to Group-1 placed (second in King's Stand) in 2021 for new connections. Shaped as if the run would bring him on in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and this could give a better indication of how his season will go. Cheekpieces back on.

3. Came From The Dark (Ed Walker/ Tom Marquand)
Won two of his four starts in 2021, including Sandown Group 3. Offered little in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on reappearance, however, and needs to leave that well behind.

4. Existent (Stuart Williams/ Marco Ghiani)
Won back-to-back handicaps on the all-weather at the beginning of the year and was back on the up when just denied in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (5f, good) three weeks ago, nearest finish. Had fitness on his side that day but should go well again.

5. King's Lynn (Andrew Balding/ David Probert)
Smart and likeable sprinter who won a brace of listed races in 2021, the first over C&D. Returned with a good second in small-field conditions event at Chester 15 days ago and is likely to be sharper for the run. Considered.

6. Mondammej (Antony Brittain/ Cam Hardie)
Successful five times in 2021 but looked outclassed as much as anything in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (5f, good) three weeks ago.

7. Moss Gill (Edward Bethell/ Kevin Stott)
Smart gelding who ended last season with an excellent second in Newbury Group 3 and goes well fresh, so each-way claims after eight months off.

8. Twilight Calls (Henry Candy/ Adam Kirby)
Low-mileage sprinter who returned from eight months off/gelded with a career-best effort when quickening up smartly to win 5f Newmarket handicap in April. Ran to a similar level when fifth in Palace House Stakes there three weeks ago but needs a bit more at this level.

9. White Lavender (Karl Burke/ Clifford Lee)
Bounced back to best on first outing since leaving Joseph Murphy when winning 15-runner listed contest at Bath (5f, good to soft, 12/1) 37 days ago. This is a whole lot tougher, however.

10. Winter Power (Tim Easterby/ David Allan)
Very smart filly who took her form up a couple of notches when winning the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August. Disappointing after but she'll take plenty of beating if back to her best on return.

11. Last Crusader (Karl Burke/ Danny Tudhope)
Well-made colt who was all the better for his return when taking 5f York listed event in dominant fashion last week. That was his first try at the minimum trip, so he's an interesting contender back up in grade.

12. Attagirl (Karl Burke/ Sam James)
Useful performer who won twice as a two-year-old, including a 6f maiden at this track. Ran below form at Chantilly on reappearance and is perhaps biting off more than she can chew at this level.

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Timeform Analyst's Verdict:

Winter Power proved a disappointment on her final 2 outings last season, but she sets a clear second on the form of her Nunthorpe success and will take plenty of beating if returning to that kind of level. King's Lynn is a smart and likeable sprinter who should be all the better for his return, while Last Crusader is an interesting contender back up in grade having shown marked improvement dropped to this trip for the first time at York recently.

1. Winter Power
2. King's Lynn
3. Last Crusader

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