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13:45 Epsom Downs

Vodafone Temple Stakes (Class A) (Group 2) (Class A)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 5f
  • Going: Good
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 0m 56.00s
  • 12 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
1(10)
Silk - Light blue, white hoop and armlets
3/1
  • Form 153-120
  • Age 10
  • Weight 9-4

held up, in touch, not clear run 2f out, to inside final furlong, switched left, ran on

2(7)
Silk - Dark Green, Dark Green and White check sleeves, White cap
25/1
  • Form 41-3232
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-4

pressed leaders to 2f out, hard ridden and one paced final furlong

3(12)
Silk - Beige, Royal blue chevrons, beige sleeves, Royal blue cap
  • Form 30-6065
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-4

close up behind leaders, dropped towards rear after 2f, hard ridden, ran on final furlong

4(6)
Silk - Purple and White diabolo, White sleeves, Purple armlets, hooped cap
14/1
  • Form 216-000
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-4

started slowly, soon in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

5(9)
Silk - Bronze
  • Form 25100-0
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-4

with leader, ridden 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, driven clear final 100 yards

6(4)
Silk - Red and Yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, Yellow cap, Red spots
14/1
  • Form 010-000
  • Age 11
  • Weight 9-4

prominent to over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened quickly

7(2)
Silk - Red, Black star, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap, Black star
  • Form 00-4200
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-1

not in line start, hopelessly left

8(8)
Silk - YELLOW, BLACK hoop and armlets, RED cap
  • Form 121312
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-1

facing wrong way start, hopelessly left

9(5)
Silk - Purple, Light Blue chevron, Light Blue cap
8/1
  • Form 4410-23
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-1

started slowly, in rear, headway 2f out, never near to trouble leaders

10(3)
Silk - Red, Emerald Green triple diamond, armlets and diamond on cap
12/1
  • Form 6205-10
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-11

chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

11(11)
Silk - Beige, dark blue chevrons, beige sleeves, quartered cap
10/1
  • Form 151-1
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-8

led narrowly, ridden 2f out, stayed on until headed inside final furlong

12(1)
Silk - White, Dark Blue star, White sleeves, Dark Blue stars

Incise

30
33/1
  • Form 3201-60
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-8

started slowly, in rear, hung badly left 2f out to centre of course, soon beaten

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In depth

Verdict

Richard Hannon's If Paradise made a winning return over today's trip in a Listed handicap at Haydock in April, and seemed not to stay six furlongs at Newbury subsequently, so the three-year-old has to be respected against older, and more experienced rivals, but the vote goes to Bishops Court, who is preferred to Colonel Cotton. The selection has twice won the Vodafone Dash here and, while this represents a step up in class for Lynda Ramsden's gelding, the 10-year-old has held his form well and has every chance of gaining a third course and distance success. Neville Callaghan's Colonel Cotton has not been at his best previously this term but showed signs of a revival at Kempton last time and has to be respected. Like the last mentioned, Andrew Balding's Dubaian Gift would probably prefer a faster surface and a bigger threat may come from the 11-year-old Repertory, whose recent form leaves something to be desired but who goes on the ground. Mick Quinn's Dragon Flyer has plenty of pace and should be suited by this sharp track. She rates a bigger danger than Forever Phoenix, who takes a big step up in class. Speed Cop is another worthy of a mention but the vote goes to Bishops Court, who is taken to give Frankie Dettori the first winner at the Vodafone Derby meeting.