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  • 15:20 Weatherbys Super Sprint5f 34y

  • £200,000 added 2yo 24 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 3.55s
  • Off time: 15:21:12

Temple Triumphs In Sprint

Last Updated: 17/07/10 5:41pm

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Temple Meads - struck in the Super Sprint.

Temple Meads - struck in the Super Sprint.

Temple Meads (5-1) justified strong support to land the valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint on only his second start.

Ed McMahon's youngster was the most inexperienced horse in the line-up, but the son of Avonbridge showed real professionalism to follow up his Newmarket debut success.

Bold Bidder tired to make all the running but Kevin Ryan's charge was grabbed in the final furlong by Temple Meads, who stretched clear to win by a length with Move In Time half a length away in third.

Winning jockey Richie Mullen said: "He had a few niggly problems since he won his maiden earlier in the season.

"We had hoped to go to Royal Ascot with him, but unfortunately he had a few setbacks and we couldn't go there.

"It wasn't always the plan to come here on the back of one win, but Ed has brought him along gradually.

"We always thought he was very good, but the fact is he had only one run under his belt in what is a competitive race every year.

"One thing I wasn't worried about was his lack of experience. Mentally he has always been very forward. It's like riding an older horse at home.

"At the back of my mind was that he hadn't run for a long time and he might be

a little ring-rusty, but Ed has done a great job and it's nice for John (Fretwell). He puts a lot of money into the game.

"After he won his maiden we were talking about Royal Ascot and then the Gimcrack later in the season. He's in the Gimcrack and that probably is an option now."

McMahon said: "He had one or two little niggly problems. This wasn't the first port of call and John is not a big fan of these types of races.

"We've got a Gimcrack entry obviously, so I think we'll go there. The track will suit him and I don't think the six furlongs will be a problem."

Fretwell added: "He had spots in his throat which is why he missed Royal Ascot. We wanted to go there. This horse has got everything.

"I've said all along he is a three-year-old in a two-year-old's body. He's is the best horse I've ever had. We've had Vital Equine, we've had Always Hopeful - Group Two winners.

"This horse is class and he will win Group races."

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