Templegate’s racing tips: Newmarket, Chepstow and York – Top betting preview for ITV’s racing on Friday



PLATINUM STAR can shine. He’s been in good form all season and landed a Listed race in good style at Ripon last time. The soft conditions won’t be a problem as he was second in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot over this trip with plenty of give underfoot.

He’s had 46 days off so should still be fresh. Fellow Godophin runner Lazuli didn’t have a lot to beat at Doncaster last month but did it nicely and looks progressive with few miles on the clock.

Dream Shot went close in the Group 2 Flying Childers on Town Moor and would have every chance if handling these slower conditions. Trainer James Tate continues to have an excellent season.

Good Vibes will be happier over this distance than the 6f he’s been contesting. He’s a Listed winner from Ascot earlier this year.

Ickworth isn’t ruled out coming over from Ireland. He can be tricky at the stalls but was a close-up third at Ayr three weeks ago. Pistoletto doesn’t appear to be one of Ballydoyle’s leading lights but is dropping in trip and that could help.


STYLISTIQUE got close to the classy Daahyeh in the Rockfel Stakes over course and distance 14 days ago.

That’s much the best form on show here and she finished with a real rattle to prove she handles this trip. If she likes this softer ground she’ll be right there.

Final Song is proven in the conditions from her third in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. She stepped up to 6f for a fair third at the July festival here but hasn’t been seen since. That means she is a fresh horse who is open to improvement.

Separate has been going well in handicaps and was a close second here after winning at Newbury. She stays and handled soft when tackling it earlier this year. She needs more but could hit the frame.

Rose Of Kildare stepped up to land Group 3 honours at Ayr and it will be interesting to see if this extra furlong brings more. She’ll go close if it does.

Wejdan has had just two runs and was far from disgraced in the Lowther at York. She shapes like this stiffer stamina test will help.


SHINE SO BRIGHT takes on the veterans with more to offer. He has already tasted success at this Group 2 level when taking the City of York Stakes with a really gutsy display. He was asked to do too much too soon at Doncaster last time and can bounce back with SDS returning to the saddle.

Limato has won this for the past two seasons and, despite struggling lately, he’s a threat. He won the classy Criterion Stakes on his last outing over course and distance so is hard to write off.

Mustashry is nine now but he’s a real autumn horse and comes here fresh. It’s a while since he dropped back to this distance and his proven stamina could be an asset in the conditions.

Oh This Is Us loved the softish ground when taking a hot Chester handicap last time out. This is tougher but he is a real battler and can figure again.

Solar Gold has not been firing in slightly easier races than this and needs a step forward. He handles some cut and William Haggas is in decent form.

Templegate’s TV tips

  • 1.50 Newmarket – Platinum Star (Bet now)
  • 2.10 Chepstow – Trevelyn’s Corn (Bet now)
  • 2.25 Newmarket – Stylistique (Bet now)
  • 2.40 York – Firmament (Bet now)
  • 3.00 Newmarket – Shine So Bright (Bet now)
  • 3.35 Newmarket – Quadrilateral (Bet now)
  • 3.50 York – Navajo Pass (Bet now)
  • 4.10 Newmarket – Derevo (Bet now)


QUADRILATERAL is favourite for next year’s 1,000 Guineas and can take this important stepping stone to Classic glory. She blew her rivals away at Newbury last time in such style that connections forked out £40,000 to supplement her for this.

It’s a much tougher test than that maiden but she already looks a potential superstar.

Jessica Harrington is a class act and her Cayenne Pepper isn’t to be sneezed at. She was impressive when winning the Tara Stakes at The Curragh last time. She dug deep when challenged and won’t be easy to see off.

Love already has a Group 1 under her belt when winning the Moyglare. That was over 7f but this mile should be right up her street. She’s had more starts than her main rivals but is a contender.

Powerful Breeze beat the useful Boomer in a Doncaster Group 2 at the St Leger meeting and can confirm that form despite the much slower ground. She relished the mile there and has place claims.

Anarstarsia and Queen Daenerys are both taking a big step up in class but come from top connections with the latter impressive when winning over course and distance latest. This is much tougher but she’s a nice prospect.


DEREVO is improving fast for Sir Michael Stoute and can take this stronger race in his stride. He won eased down at Newcastle last time on the back of a bloodless win at Pontefract. He has few miles on the clock and can improve.

Sinjaari has been holding his own in good handicaps including when second at Haydock last time. He didn’t mind the soft ground there and is a danger.

Stablemate Country found 1m2f on the sharp side when fourth at Sandown latest and is capable of better over this distance.

First In Line will be popular for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. He was second on his handicap debut in the Melrose at York but didn’t seem at home on tacky ground at Haydock after that. He drops in distance here which may help and it’s still early days for him.

Battle Of Paradise returned from seven months off to win at Chelmsford last time and Sir Mark Prescott can conjure further improvement.

Apparate battled well to win on the nod at Ascot last month and likes this trip. He’s up just 4lb for that and is a contender if handling this slower going.



FIRMAMENT can land his third York win in this wide open contest. His finest hour this season came when winning here on tacky ground in June from just 4lb lower in the weights.

He’s held his form well since then and wasn’t far off the pace in good company at Newmarket last time.

Hortzadar likes this going and was in winning form at Ripon two starts ago. Almeratalyoum relished testing conditions when scoring at Goodwood latest and can’t be ruled out.

Waarif had a little in hand when scoring at Ayr last time and the form has been franked. He’s just 2lb higher here.


NAVAJO PASS showed all his stamina when winning at Carlisle latest. He handled the soft ground well and a 4lb rise in the weights looks very lenient.

Hamish did well to win the Melrose Stakes over course and distance latest. He didn’t get the run of the race so it needed a big effort. He’ll be right there if coping with these slower conditions.

Future Investment didn’t like Goodwood last time but has a couple of wins under his belt and looks capable of better.

Moon King’s winning run came to an end at Haydock but he loves some cut and stays all day.

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TREVELYN’S CORN can give Paul Nicholls another win in the Persian War. He’s had just three runs but was pitched into an Aintree Grade 1 after an easy success at Wincanton.

That was too much too soon but he’s had a breathing operation and should rate a lot higher this season.

Harambe progressed nicely last term and finished with a close second in a good Sandown handicap. This trip suits and he has more to offer.

Fiddlerontheroof showed lots of promise in Irish bumpers and has moved to Colin Tizzard. He handles give in the ground and it’s interesting that he’s being thrown in at the deep end for his hurdles debut.

Diomede Des Mottes already stays 3m and will try to make the most of his stamina with more rain ideal.

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