It’s that time of the year again when Templegate, our top tipster chooses the top 10 horses to take hold of this season from Group 1 winners to the handicappers who have switched games and keep a close watch on the potential money-generators. Templegate has been working tediously hard to give us the special sparklers or the special horses that are all set to light up the summer season on the tracks. In Templegate’s 10, there is an amalgamation of experience, youth, stamina and speed which can follow the Flat season. One more thing that is also there in common among them is that they will pay off their way in the coming 6 months.
BLUE POINT – CHARLIE APPLEBY
The golden time of sprinting failed to materialise in the previous year with Battaash and Harry Angel not being able to live up to the expectations of the bettors. A portion of that was down to Blue Point. After spending major part of his life racing 6f and more than that, the sudden drop to 5f played the role of a catalyst. At the Royal Ascot, his King’s Stand success proved that he has got more speed than others could have ever thought of for the third and minimum trip. Nunthorpe was another place where he was not at his best but that too was a good effort. Blue Point resided in Dubai and celebrated hat-trick of wins and there are more wins for him in the matches to come. Templegate predicts him to be the standout sprinter of the season.
CROSS COUNTER – CHARLIE APPLEBY
In case there is a Hall of Fame for Godolphin, you can guarantee a place for Cross Counter. He was the one who gave Sheikh Mohammed the first ever tryst with the Melbourne Cup after having tried for 3 decades. The way he ran down the home is similar to that of a class stayer and Templegate finds no reason why he shouldn’t be one of the gems in Cup horse in Britain. He also managed to lead a Group-2 win in Dubai and due to the fact that he is still a 4 year old, there are still chances of improvement. So, there are no chances for Stradivarious to get chances this summer.
CHABLIS – AIDAN O’BRIEN
It is pretty much unlikely that Chablis has crossed the lips of Aidan O’Brien over the last few years but you can be sure about the fact that he will be certainly raising a glass of drink after winning few of the biggest races of the season with the help of his 3-year old that has been well-bred. She was the one who was responsible for the maiden victory in autumn season at Gowran Park and since then it was thought that Chablis is certainly going to do better things in future. O’Brien is all set to win for the 8th time and Templegate expects to see her in Classic Trial before reading Epsom.
ENABLE – JOHN GOSDEN
Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t even take a minute to find out this horse. After Enable won her 2nd Arc de Triomphe in the month of October, she has the power of winning any list of horses in the coming summer. She was not only the 5th horse to win 2 Arcs, she did it on the back of one run post her injury which had kept her off the track for almost one entire season. If the preparation could be smoother, this could make Khalid Abdulla’s mare the horse which can beat middle-distance races throughout summer.
GHOSTWATCH – CHARLIE APPLEBY
The Australians can get another fright this autumn from Godolphin. Though there will be lot of races before that, yet Templegate expects Ghostwatch to perform well in all the staying races. Keeping in mind the fact that he had won the Melrose Handicap at York in the last season, his return has to be high on the set of targets. If things go perfectly well, he may even be excluded from handicaps too. Moreover, Ghostwatch signed off last year with a win over 1m6f at Ascot. Godolphin won the Melbourne Cup last year and they’ve got the best contender for defence.
TABDEED – OWEN BURROWS
His only try was at the Group Level and having finished well-beaten on his sole try, it can be well said that the limitations of Tabdeed have all been exposed. However, if you take a close look at his profile, you’ll find this to be nothing but nonsense. From 4 races, he will head towards this season with a record of 3 wins. He raced for a 4-year old along with a proper trainer and there are expectations to make his mark in Group races.
Therefore, if you’re all set to attend the horse races this season, you can take into account the above mentioned races given above.