Templegate runs you through the contenders for the King’s Stand Stakes and gives you his verdict on the sprint spectacular
DO as Ma tells you in the King’s Stand Stakes.
Rapidly-improving MARSHA proved she was a top-class sprinter when landing the Group 1 Prix de L’Abbaye last autumn.
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Giving weight and a beating to Washington DC, Goldream, Priceless and plenty more of today’s rivals at Newmarket in May was a superb effort.
Conditions won’t be a problem and I fancy her to see off Lady Aurelia and Priceless.
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Alpha Delphini 3/5
DEL’s not the boy – but he might hit the frame. Won four last season and only just edged out by Priceless last time. If the visor works he should run well.
ARD to dismiss. Has a great record on fast ground and ran smart sorts close on his last two runs. Needs to prove he’s this level but he’s not the worst.
Cotai Glory 3/5
Could grab Glory. Beaten a neck in this last year and has red-hot Silvestre de Sousa to help him. Struggled this season but he does have class.
Final Venture 2/5
VENTURING out of his depth. Dual handicap winner in Dubai and struck at Haydock last time. That’s well below what’s required.
GOING for Gold. Loves fast ground. Won this race in 2015 and has been in great form this term. Bit to find with Priceless and Marsha but is a leading player.
Gracious John 1/5
GRACIOUS loser. Come up well short in Group races. Flying way too high today.
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Just Glamorous 2/5
JUST say no. Beat Marsha in France last autumn. Nowhere near as good since and has put in two shocking runs this term.
Medicean Man 2/5
DON’T dive into Med. Touched off in this two years ago and fair sixth 12 months ago. Won in Dubai but his best chance has passed him by.
MUT have a chance. Close third in 2015 and in good form this season. Has to have fast ground and should be nearer first than last.
ORNATE’s not looking good. Sole win came in a Ripon maiden nearly two years ago. Hard to see his losing run ending in this.
NO Profit this time. Top of the five-furlong tree last year. Won this race and he made a promising return. But soft ground suits him much better and that’s a big worry.
Signs Of Blessing 2/5
WON’T give this my Blessing. Good defeat of Profitable in France last time. But this French raider is much better over six furlongs on softer ground.
Take Cover 3/5
COVER up. Has searing pace and he’s sure to blast off. Likes fast ground and will improve for his comeback. Has competition for the lead but it’ll take a quick ‘un to head him.
Washington DC 3/5
NO capital in this one. Usually runs well but yet to win above Listed level. Race-fit when pushing Marsha last time but much worse off at the weights today.
WON’T win this battle. Best victories came in soft-ground handicaps more than a year ago. Stacks to find.
JUMP into Marsha. Progressive last year. Ended season with Group 1 glory in France. Stunning Newmarket win giving weight to the boys on her return. Cracking chance.
PRICE could be right. Improving filly. Held off Goldream last time having run well behind Marsha. Needs to take another step forward but that’s not impossible.
Lady Aurelia 4/5
COULD be the golden girl. Astonishing seven-length Queen Mary success at this meeting last year. No problem with fast ground but others might have improved past her.