After being narrowly denied in two QIPCO British Champions Series sprints last season, Bated Breath made amends on Saturday afternoon when winning the first Group race of his career, the betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock Park, defeating last year’s winner, Sole Power, by a neck.
Trained by Roger Charlton, next up for the highest rated British-trained sprinter is likely to be the second Series sprint, the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, again over five furlongs, on Tuesday, June 19
Last year he was twice defeated by Europe’s 2011 champion sprinter, Dream Ahead, going down by half a length in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and by a nose in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park, both over six furlongs.
The Derby favourite is to face a maximum of 11 rivals at Epsom on Saturday. Camelot who is as low as 4-7 with Ladbrokes will bid to become only the fourth horse to win at odds-on in the last 100 years.
Camelot was one of five Aiden O’Brien-trained horses left in Monday, the remaining seven headed by Dante winner Bonfire ( 5-1 ) with Main Sequence third in the betting at 12-1.
The Aiden O’Brien 2,000 Guineas winner looks the class act and the best of this season’s three-year olds and ready to power up the Epsom straight for favourite backers this weekend and with the colt progressing well I would rather be a backer at odds on than a layer.
St Nicholas Abbey is (evens) to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday, last year’s winner is reported to be in very rude form and strongly fancied to follow up at the expence of the secound favourite Beaten Up ( 7-2 ) trained by William Haggas.
My notepad horse this week is New Falcon who finished behind Sharaara at Kempton on Monday after good support in the betting (5-1 from 7-1), James Tate’s two-year-old tried to make all the running, but the favourite was ridden to lead well inside the furlong and beat New Falcon by two-lenghs she is entitled to lose her maiden tag on this run soon.
Sir Henry Cecil sent out Searing Heat (10-1) to win at Ripon on Tuesday a track he had his first winner as a trainer in the mid 60s and the lightly raced four-year-old can follow up next time out in a Handicap. Expose is the interesting one in the 5.25 Investec Out of the Ordinary Handicap, William Haggas’s four-year-old looks to be on a fair mark for this six furlong contest and is the subject of good gallop reports from Newmarket a big run looks on the cards .
At Haydock on Saturday Lethal Force from the Clive Cox stable is one to consider carefully in the 3.40 Listed Blue Square Sandy Lane Stakes.