Templegate’s racing tips: York – Top betting preview for ITV’s racing on Friday, 23 August


CARADOC is going from strength to strength this season and ran away with a decent handicap at Windsor last time.

That was after two good efforts at Newmarket, including a victory on the July course.

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He’s been campaigned over shorter but gives the impression he’ll see out this trip no danger.

Persian Moon is proving consistent and ran well at Goodwood. He went close in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot too so won’t mind the big field and stays well.

Corelli comes from the Dettori/Gosden powerhouse with every chance. He went down in a head-bobber at HQ last time and has more to offer.

Mandarin has been in great form and almost landed a hat-trick of wins at Ascot latest. That was the Shergar Cup and his Czech rider left him with a lot of ground to make up. PJ McDonald won’t make that mistake today. This trip is ideal and he’ll be right there.

Eynhallow showed promise returning from 14 months off at Newmarket. That was just 13 days ago but he can have a big say if there are no ill-effects from that comeback effort.

Jazeel is interesting on this step up in distance. He’s been going great guns over shorter and is a big threat if Jamie Spencer can get him home.


IT’S Strad all over again. STRADIVARIUS called the tune when getting the better of Dee Ex Bee at Goodwood and Ascot earlier this summer. There was only a neck between them last time but that was thanks to Frankie’s premature congratulation as he saluted the crowd too early.

John Gosden’s incredible stayer has now won eight Group 1 or 2 contests in a row and he can pick up another £1m bonus by defending his Lonsdale crown today.

Dee Ex Bee deserves a big win and will be the biggest threat again. He stays well and can fill the forecast spot.

Falcon Eight is an intriguing raider from Irish legend Dermot Weld. He won a Listed race at Sandown over this trip nicely and is lightly raced for a four-year-old. He looks ready for this hike in class.

Magic Circle couldn’t land a blow behind Stradivarius in the Ascot Gold Cup when they last met. He needs a big step forward to be getting his head in the frame.

Three-year-old Il Paradiso won a Curragh handicap well for Aidan O’Brien over this trip latest and is one to watch for the future. But he shouldn’t be winning today.

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THREAT promises to be a superstar and has shown more than enough to land the Gimcrack. After a debut maiden win at Newmarket, he stepped up to finish a close second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He filled the same spot in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood with some classy types trailing in his wake. This is just his fourth run and there’s sure to be more to come.

Spartan Fighter looks a danger after winning well here last time on the back of a Ripon victory. He got the better of A’Ali that day who has gone on to win a pair of Group 2 contests.

This is a fair hike in class but we know he likes the track and can’t be discounted.

Repartee is another danger after winning his debut over course and distance by five lengths. He still looked green when beaten in a Newbury Listed contest last month and can build on that.

Iffraaz didn’t have a lot to beat at Yarmouth but did it well at Mark Johnston doesn’t hike them in class for a laugh.

Byline is another moving up the grades but he caught the eye when scoring at Hamilton over this trip.

Abstemious liked trip and track when winning here latest but the draw could have been kinder.


TEN SOVEREIGNS looks solid gold in the Nunthorpe. He was the best juvenile speedster around last season, winning the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Despite his pace, he was sent off favourite for the 2,000 Guineas where he simply didn’t get home. Back down in trip, he left a puzzling Ascot run behind when scorching away with July Cup in great style last time.

He has the pace for this drop to the minimum distance and will be hard to beat.

Battaash is a world-class sprinter but he’s performed well below par in the past two runnings of this despite being in top form earlier. If he runs to his best he’ll probably win – but you can’t rely on that.

Mabs Cross has a change of jockey today with Gerald Mosse taking over from Paul Mulrennan. He won the L’Abbaye at Longchamp the last time the French veteran was on board so it could work out.

He likes the trip and was beaten on the nod in this 12 months ago. The rest need to show major improvement to figure but Soldier’s Call was a solid third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot and went close here at the Dante meeting.

He could run into the frame, while Copper Knight is another who usually enjoys himself on the Knavesmire.


1.55 Caradoc (nb)

2.25 Stradivarius

3.00 Threat


4.15 Dubai Mirage

4.50 Biometric (treble)


1.45 Lexington Quest

2.15 We’Re Reunited

2.50 Freescape

3.25 Thegreyvtrain

4.00 Clarion

4.35 Motfael

5.05 Tigerskin


2.05 Thread Of Silver

2.40 Alnaseem

3.15 Royal Crusade

3.50 Romola

4.25 Stamford Raffles

4.55 Mina Vagante

5.30 Majaalis


5.00 Lethal Angel

5.35 Volkan Star

6.05 Bowling Russian

6.35 Show Stealer

7.05 Whistler Bowl

7.35 Infanta Isabella


5.45 Foad

6.15 Aljari

6.45 Deconso

7.15 Sophosc

7.45 Zwayyan

8.15 Wanaasah

8.45 Junior Rip


5.15 Fieldsman

5.50 Hamish Macbeth

6.20 Walkonby

6.50 Governor Of Punjab

7.20 James Park Woods

7.50 Cambric


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