Kerdos Temple triumph delights Clive Cox

Clive Cox was delighted with the victory of Kerdos in the Temple Stakes at Haydock, his third win in the Group Two in what was definitely a family affair.

Cox and owner Alan Spence had already won the Temple twice with Profitable in 2016 and Priceless a year later.

Kerdos, who Spence owns with John Connolly, is by Profitable and out of a mare whose dam is a half-sister to Priceless.

“I was really pleased but it was no surprise, we always believed he could perform at this level, especially after the way he won the Beverley Bullet last year,” said Cox.

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Kerdos (left) saw off Nunthorpe winner Live In The Dream
Kerdos (left) saw off Nunthorpe winner Live In The Dream (Nigel French/PA)

“He’s a horse that normally takes a couple of runs to get into full flight and I was really pleased that he managed in that ground, but it shows he’s versatile as it was very quick when he won the Beverley Bullet, so we were very happy.

“He wasn’t beaten far in the Abbaye last season and I’m just delighted that he’s hit his stride at this time of year, with some very nice races to get excited about.

“What nobody picked up on on Saturday was his dam is out of a half-sister to Priceless and he’s by Profitable, so he really is the glue of our previous Temple winners, which was very nice.

“Most definitely it will be the King Charles III (Stakes at Royal Ascot) now and we’ll sleep easy knowing he has won on both types of ground, which is always a relief.

“I’m pleased that we will be heading there with two realistic chances, with Diligent Harry in great form as well.”

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