TEMPLEGATE takes on Saturday’s blockbuster action confident of banging in a fair few winners.
Read on for our man’s top tips and back a horse simply by clicking their odds below.
MONTASSIB (3.55 Ascot NAP)
He hasn’t been beaten far in a couple of red-hot handicaps at Royal Ascot and Newmarket the last twice. He has only had five starts so there should be plenty more to come.
ELECTRICAL STORM (2.25 Haydock, nb)
He was an easy winner on his return but didn’t appear to get home over 1m2f at Sandown last time. Drop back in trip is a big plus and he still looks fairly treated.
SUPER SUPERJACK (2.45 Ascot, treble)
Improving stayer who was an unlucky loser over 2m4f at Glorious Goodwood. The drop back in trip is no issue and he was an impressive winner on his last visit to Ascot.
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Templegate’s Shergar Cup verdicts
EPSOM FAITHFUL won with plenty to spare over six furlongs at this track last time out.
That was her fourth win from six starts this season and she is clearly in the form of her life at the moment.
The step back up in trip is no problem and the race should be run to suit.
Orbaan is turned out quickly having snapped a long losing streak in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood last week.
He would have an obvious chance if in the same form, but that is a big ‘if’.
Divine Magic was just touched off at Newmarket last time and should run another solid race off just 1lb higher.
Crazy Luck had no luck in running at Goodwood last time and she had been progressing nicely beforehand.
She is worth a close look, while Bowman paid the price for going too hard in the early stages last time but could be dangerous at long odds if settling better on the front-end.
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ARECIBO has been highly tried this season but he finally has his sights lowered today.
He ran a screamer to finish third in the Group 2 Temple Stakes earlier in the season but was well-beaten in stakes company the last time.
He was a runaway winner when last tackling a handicap back in May last year and he is fancied to make his class edge count.
King Of Stars went down fighting when second in a competitive handicap over C&D last time and he is the most likely danger.
Hurricane Ivor has been inconsistent of late but he has the ability to play a part and gets first-time blinkers now.
Lampang is excused his defeat in the Stewards’ Cup last weekend after he fluffed the start and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bounce back.
Manaccan wasn’t beaten far in a handicap at the Royal meeting here and he is still open to progress after just eight starts.
SUPER SUPERJACK looked a slightly unlucky loser at Glorious Goodwood.
He was consistently denied a run in the home straight and was flying at the death when it was too late.
He is a C&D winner who has been rock-solid in staying handicaps this summer, and there is a strong suspicion he has more to offer.
Former Group 2 winner Red Verdon isn’t the force of old, but he at least took a step back in the right direction with a solid second at Beverley last time.
He commands respect, as does first reserve Red Force One who completed a hat-trick with an eight-length romp at York two weeks ago.
Rock Eagle bounced back from a couple of below-par efforts with a fine second at Newbury, so he has to enter calculations.
Throne Hall has been a model of consistency this season without winning, but he should give another good account of himself.
Keep an eye out for market support for the out of form but dangerously handicapped Themazwecan.
ANGEL POWER has the ability to blow her rivals away. Roger Varian’s filly has plenty of back-class, having bagged a Group 2 as a three-year-old, and she finished third in a couple of Listed races earlier this year.
She has had excuses the last twice and is now on a very tempting mark, while this step up to a mile and a half looks like a good move.
The Whipmaster’s winning run came to an end at this track last month, but he pulled a mile clear with the winner and he is still on the up.
Pride Of Priory completed an all-weather double at Newcastle a fortnight ago but he handles the turf just as well.
He is a likely danger, while the in-form Charging Thunder will play a part in the finish if coping with the drop down in distance.
Likeable veteran Danehill Kodiac won this race six years ago and he isn’t on a bad mark on his old form.
MONTASSIB will likely take the world of beating here. He was only beaten a length into fourth place in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last month having also gone close in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He has only had five career starts and should be open to loads more progress for his top yard.
Irish raider Jungle Cove won a big pot at Leopardstown two starts ago and had excuses for his narrow defeat at Gowran Park.
Isla Kai was a beaten favorite at York last time but he has a C&D win to his name and he isn’t on a bad mark.
Lexington Dash was strong at the finish over 7f at Fairyhouse and he has untapped potential over a mile.
Via Serendipity can be hit and miss, but he won this race two years ago and has popped up at big prices in the past.
Shelir was quietly fancied for the Golden Mile at Goodwood but was a late non-runner. He is worth a second look.
HAMAKI won with a bit up his sleeve at Haydock when last sighted.
That victory came on soft ground but he also has form on a quick surface.
He is bred to appreciate this step up to a mile and a half and he is still lightly-raced.
Franz Strauss blew a good opportunity to get his head back in front at Sandown.
He may not have been suited by the way the race was run and is worth another chance.
Berkshire Breeze has been knocking on the door of late and was just outstayed over 1m6f here last month.
He will be suited by the step back in trip. Pub Crawl was an eye-catcher when second at Windsor.
He can race keenly so will need a strong pace to aim at but he looks potentially well-handicapped.
Sheer Rocks was flying at the finish over a shorter trip at Goodwood, so expect him to be doing his best work late in the day.
SPANGLED MAC is on a roll at the minute and completed a four-timer with a decisive win at Yarmouth.
He is now 20lb higher than when starting his winning streak at Kempton in early July and this is his toughest test so far.
But he is firmly on the upgrade and should get a strong pace to attack.
Razeyna has the sexy profile in the race, having two wins from four starts for top trainer William Haggas.
She was made to work hard for victory at Carlisle but there is every chance she takes a big step forward from that.
Admiral D ran a brilliant race to finish second in a big Newmarket handicap last time and a 2lb rise in the weights looks on the lenient side.
Hat-trick seeker Adaay In Asia burst through late for victory at Goodwood and he is also worth considering in a red-hot finale.
1.35 Epsom Faithful
2.45 Super Superjack (triple)
3.20 Angel Power
3.55 Montassib (NAP)
5.05 Spangled Mac
1.20 Elegant Charm
1.55 Killybegs Warrior
2.30 Mash hour
3.05 Kenzai Warrior
3.40 Lady Alara
4.20 Love De Vega
4.51 Point Lynas
1.42 Bara Lacha
2.17 Irish Approach
3.27 Golden Voice
4.35 Jazz Samba
1.50 Nine Dragons
2.25 Electrical Storm (NB)
3.00 Grocer Jack
4.10 Glittering Choice
4.40 Zero Carbon
5.15 Dark Swan Song
5.00 Richard P Smith
5.35 Running Lion
6.05 Royal Mariner
7.35 Open Champion
8.05 Shibuya Song
5.45 Iron Sheriff
7.15 Penalty Charge
7.45 Water Of Leith
8.15 St Andrew’s Castle
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