Betfred Temple Stakes 2012 

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Bated Breath Takes Temple Stakes Thriller

1 Bated Breath 2/1F
2 Sole Power 3/1
3 Spirit Quartz 14/1
NR: Medicean Man
12 ran Distances: nk, 3½l, hd
TIME 56.39s (fast by 2.11s)

Bated Breath put up a superb performance to hold last year's winner Sole Power in a thrilling finish to the Temple Stakes at Haydock Park in which both broke the track record.

Bated Breath
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Bated Breath

Roger Charlton's 2-1 favourite, trying to win over five furlongs for the first time, was always travelling sweetly just off the pace in the hands of George Baker, who was standing in for the suspended James Doyle.

The five-year-old hit the front a furlong out in the Group Two contest and then had to dig in to resist market rival Sole Power, who came flashing through with a late charge but was held by a neck, with another three and a half lengths to Spirit Quartz in third.

Baker said: "I feel a bit sorry for James Doyle as he is banned, but his bad fortune is my good luck. The horse deserved this and hopefully this leads on to better things for him."

Charlton said of his three-times Group One-placed victor: "He showed terrific speed. I feel sorry for Sole Power, but we beat the right horse. He never had cover. If we can find a five-furlong race with real speed and cover, he will be even more impressive.

"He was in front a bit too long really, but George did a great job. I'm just so pleased for the horse, he'd never won a Group race before and deserves this, he's so consistent. He's very good looking and will make a great stallion.

"I'll have to talk to connections, but I would suggest the King's Stand (at Royal Ascot). That would be more sensible than taking on the Aussie mare (Black Caviar, in the Diamond Jubilee).

"I hope Peter Moody (Black Caviar's trainer) is watching and saw we knocked 1.3 seconds off the track record! It's too early to even think about that (running in both King's Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes)."

Eddie Lynam, trainer of Sole Power, said: "He's run a corker, he's broken the track record and didn't win. We've just run into a very good horse on the day. Paul (Hanagan) was delighted with him and we'll take him on again in the King's Stand." Temple Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 2)
Going: Firm
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Bated Breath
R Charlton
G Baker
9st 4lbs
2 - 1
Sole Power
E Lynam
P Hanagan
9st 4lbs
3 - 1
Spirit Quartz
R M H Cowell
Jim Crowley
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
R Bastiman
R Winston
9st 4lbs
20 - 1
T D Easterby
P Mulrennan
9st 4lbs
28 - 1
1/2 length
B J Meehan
S W Kelly
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
Tangerine Trees
B Smart
T Eaves
9st 8lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
K A Ryan
J P Spencer
9st 4lbs
7 - 1
1 1/4 length
Bapak Chinta
K A Ryan
P Makin
8st 10lbs
20 - 1
2 lengths
Best Terms
R Hannon
K T O'Neill
8st 7lbs
14 - 1
2 lengths
Monsieur Joe
R M H Cowell
P Cosgrave
9st 4lbs
20 - 1
7 lengths
Swiss Dream
D R C Elsworth
N Mackay
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Medicean Man
J Gask
M Demuro
9st 4lbs

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