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Haydock Park - Temple Stakes

Saturday's feature race, showing live on Channel 4 racing, is undoubtedly the 15:45 betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock Park. We've taken a look at the runners and riders to give you an idea of who we think is worth backing.

Current favourite Hot Streak has a lot going for him in this particular race. He showed very well against the old guard this time last year, when he took the win on soft ground. He impressed in the Palace House and King's Stand too, but did not progress strongly enough from there to warrant his position in the stakes in our opinion.

He managed a respectable third place on his return at Longchamps last time out, but all in all we're a little concerned that he might not have what it takes to land a back to back victory.
Nonetheless a lot of people disagree with us - the best place we found to back him was at BoyleSports, who are offering a decent 5/1.

A little further down the field Goldream comes into this race after an impressive win at Newmarket three weeks ago, beating Justice Day and Kingsgate Native to the victory. The steady progression shown last season certainly seems to be continuing this year, and although the Palace House renewal just won probably wasn't the strongest we've seen we think it's worth keeping an eye on Goldream for this one.

The best place we've found to back the win is at PaddyPower, who are offering a reasonable 6/1.

Looking a little further down the odds we've decided on Great Minds as our outside choice.

He's shown some excellent form of late, and his improvement continues judging by his Listed wins at Cork and Naas. We can't deny that this is a tougher event than either of those, and he prefers the ground soft so any improvement in the turf might be a worry. Nonetheless we think he's going to be there or thereabouts come the winning line, and when you can get him at 12/1 over at Coral we also think he's well worth a flutter each way.

Lockinge Stakes - Newbury

This weekend's big feature race is undoubtedly the 15:45 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, and it's a fairly wide open event up to a point.

We say up to a point, because the current favourite is Night Of Thunder. Well known to punters last season with a run of excellent form including a win in one of the most competitive 2,000 Guineas for some years, Night Of Thunder is undoubtedly a horse who performs at heights to match his reputation. He's easy regarding the ground, so that's not a huge concern, and if he runs tomorrow in the same form he was in when he took his Guineas win then seventeen other jockeys are going to wonder why they even bothered saddling up.

That is a big if, however. Previous form suggests that he does not go quite so well fresh, and this is his first race of the season. The word coming out of the stable is mixed, too, with nobody suggesting that he's going to demolish the field.

That said he's definitely one of the biggest threats, and if you want to back him the best place we've found to do so is at Coral, who are offering a decent 11/4.

If you don't fancy Night Of Thunder, what are your best options? Sir Michael Stoute has a cracking track record in the Lockinge and we fancy his horse, Integral, to show well.

He's had two previous mare winners here of his seven wins in total, and she's another horse who is flexible with regards to the going so long as it isn't as difficult as it was in her run on Champions Day last year. Her Group 1 form in general shows she's worthy of a look, and we think she'll certainly feature near the front tomorrow afternoon.

The best place to back her is currently PaddyPower, who are offering a market leading 6/1.

Finally, we've had a look at the longer odds horses to see who might be worth a shot each way.

Hors De Combat catches the eye as a runner who might out perform on the day, but ultimately we're plumping for Aidan O'Brien's Cougar Mountain. He showed well last season despite his inexperience, and with the ground better suited to him he would only need a small improvement to be among the frontrunners and competing for the win.

The best place we've found to back him is Ladbrokes. They have him at 25/1 for the win, which works out to a little over 6/1 each way for a top four finish.

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