Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3...
"...produced a number of excellent efforts in defeat..."
Timeform on Keep Busy
16:10 Haydock, Saturday
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1. Ainsdale (Karl Burke/ Clifford Lee)
Useful operator who landed a six-furlong minor event on heavy ground at Newmarket in October. Needed the run on his return but produced a better effort in first-time cheekpieces when third behind El Astronaute at Chester this month. Will be suited by conditions but has more on his plate in this company.
2. Jabbarockie (Eric Alston/ Harrison Shaw)
Has proved better than ever at the age of eight this season, arriving here on the back of victories in five-furlongs handicaps at Musselburgh and Chester. No surprise if this in-form sprinter launches a bold bid from the front, but this is his toughest task to date.
3. Declaring Love (John Butler/ Adam Kirby)
Progressive filly who is proving a real success story for this yard, making it three wins from four starts when battling bravely to land a five-furlong listed event at Bath last month. Versatile and likeable type but she does have her work cut out on these terms, though.
4. Keep Busy (John Quinn/ Oisin Murphy)
Developed into a smart filly last season and produced a number of excellent efforts in defeat, most notably when second in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh in September. Finished a good fifth in the Prix de L'Abbaye on heavy ground on her final start, and she is entitled to respect on return with these conditions posing no problem.
5. Lady In France (Karl Burke/ Danny Tudhope)
Got the better of Keep Busy in a five-furlong handicap at York in August and signed off for the season with a good fourth in the Prix de L'Abbaye. Was never on terms in the Duke of York Stakes on her recent return but her best efforts have come at this trip so she cannot be ruled out.
6. Liberty Beach (John Quinn/ Jason Hart)
Won four times as a two-year-old, including the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, and she landed a six-furlong listed contest here on her return last season. Failed to win again but largely ran well, finishing placed three times in Group company, most notably when a close-up third in the Prix de l'Abbaye on her final start. Obvious claims.
7. Que Amoro (Michael Dods/ Paul Mulrennan)
Progressed well in 2019, showing good speed to win a couple of handicaps at York, and continued her progress last season, bolting up in a five-furlong listed race on her return at Ayr. Produced a career-best effort when runner-up to Battaash in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York and can be given a good chance on that form. Returns with her yard going well.
Timeform's Analyst Verdict
An interesting renewal of this Group 2 contest with the vote in favour of Keep Busy. A winner at Hamilton in August, she acquitted herself with plenty of credit in Group company thereafter. Her dam won this in 2009 and conditions look ideal. Stablemate Liberty Beach and Que Amoro head the dangers, whilst Lady In France is a player also.
1. Keep Busy
2. Liberty Beach
3. Que Amoro
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