Templegate NAP can strike in Sandown sizzler on way to Gold Cup glory for Nicky Henderson
TEMPLEGATE is ready to get stuck into a super Saturday of racing and he fancies one to do the business in the big Gold Cup trial at Sandown.
Here he goes through each race for Saturday, revealing his top tips.
SANTINI (2.20 Sandown, nap)
He won this last year en route to his Cheltenham Gold Cup second and can match that effort.
He is being aimed at the big race again and it was a surprise to see him run in the King George at Kempton.
The speed track there isn’t ideal and he’ll appreciate this test much more.
He has winning form at Sandown and testing ground suits so he looks the one to beat.
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SHAN BLUE (1.50 Sandown, nb)
He is already a superstar thanks to his impressive Grade 1 success in the Kauto Star at Kempton.
He relished every yard of the three miles there but has more than enough pace for this shorter trip, especially on soft ground.
He is progressing with every run and can take another step forward here.
LE BREUIL (3.45 Musselburgh, treble)
He was a good third in the Warwick Classic last time and sets the standard.
He’s a proven stayer who goes on testing ground and the handicapper has left his mark alone.
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12.00 Talking Point
Good second over course and distance last time out.
12.35 One Hart
Had plenty in hand when winning at Wolverhampton latest.
1.11 Misty Grey
Has won his past three at Wolver and can strike upped in class.
1.45 Forest Of Dean
Came back from a break with solid third and fitter now.
2.16 Symbolic Power
Went close over course and distance last time out.
2.51 Classy Dame
Didn’t get the run of the race when second here latest.
3.25 Torah Loora
Looks the type to improve for new yard over this longer trip.
Two good wins and still on a fair handicap mark.
12.50 Cup Of Coffee
Going like the winner before a late fall last time out.
1.22 Benny’s Oscar
Won a point to point and has joined a top trainer.
Had the race sewn up before falling at the last on latest run.
2.30 On The Blind Side
Has done well since switching back to hurdles this season.
3.00 Captain Moirette
Back over hurdles from fair mark and likes this ground.
Easy winner last time and can defy hike in weights.
4.10 Nothin To Ask
Good effort at Wincanton and a repeat would be good enough.
12.57 Getaway Trump
Not fulfilled his potential yet but should be good enough.
Has really improved since joining his current trainer.
2.05 Christopher Wood
Good second at Kempton latest and top claimer on board.
2.40 Return Ticket
Consistent and will be happier dropped in distance today.
3.10 Breguet Boy
Hampered last time but still ran well enough to win this.
3.45 Le Breuil (treble)
Thorough stayer who will relish this marathon distance.
Should have too much class for these hunter chasers.
Will be much happier dropping back to this distance.
1.50 Shan Blue (nb)
Just keeps winning and has a lot more to offer.
2.20 SANTINI (NAP)
Gold Cup second and will relish these testing conditions.
Didn’t fire at Kempton latest but won well before that.
3.30 Ask Me Early
Excellent jumper who has much more to offer.
4.05 Got Phil
Had plenty in hand when winning over fences at Newbury latest.
Good second over course and distance last time out.
4.55 Bomb Squad
Ran on well after missing the break here on latest start.
5.25 Suns Up Guns Up
Had plenty in hand when winning here last month.
5.55 Violet’s Lads
Has shown best form at this course and battled well latest.
6.30 Prince Of Arran
Third in the Melbourne Cup last time so should be too good.
7.00 Aced It
Showed promise for Joseph O’Brien in Ireland and second UK run.
7.30 Grey D’Ars
Still a maiden but getting closer with every start.
8.00 Broughton Sunpearl
Good form over this course and distance.
8.30 Aria Rose
Had a fair bit in hand when winning here last time out.
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