Temple Meads Sprints to Victory

In only his second time out, Temple Meads justified sound hopes in a triumphant victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse

The Ed McMahon juvenile had the least experience in the field, but the Avonbridge son showed substantive expertise to back up his successful Newmarket debut.

Bold Bidder's attempt to make all the running was challenged in the last furlong by Temple Meads, who broke away to pass the post ahead by a length, with third place getter, Move In Time, half a length away from second.

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.

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"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 added, "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 stated, "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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