Miss Temple City gets green light for Ascot raid

Miss Temple City

Miss Temple City is set to feature among a strong US raiding party

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MISS TEMPLE CITY is set to return to Royal Ascot this month and will head to the UK on Tuesday along with star mare Tepin as she bids to land the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Temple City returned from a six-month break to land the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in April, becoming the first filly or mare to win the race.

She competed at the Royal meeting 12 months ago, finishing fourth behind Ervedya in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, while Motion also sent Animal Kingdom to Ascot in 2011.

The four-year-old Miss Temple City is due to work in Maryland on either Friday or Saturday before heading to Keeneland once again to join the leading Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes hopeful Tepin on a flight to Stansted Airport on Tuesday.

“After doing this a few times, it’s nice to have some familiarity,” Motion, who will also travel to the UK on Tuesday, told Daily Racing Form. “We’ll be in David Lanigan’s yard.

“I want to be there to supervise her training. My assistant, Alice Clapham, who travelled with Animal Kingdom, will be there also.”

Moore to take the ride

It was John Velazquez who was onboard for Miss Temple City’s Coronation Stakes bid last year, while Drayden Van Dyke did the honours for her Grade 1 win at Keeneland earlier this year.

This time, however, the four-year-old is set to be partnered by Ryan Moore and Motion said: “We decided to use a European rider this year, and he is the best, or, at the very least, one of the best.

“We’re lucky to have him.”

Mongolian Saturday arrives

Last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday is also set to fly the US flag at Royal Ascot and arrived in Newmarket on Thursday morning, having travelled from Chicago.

Another American hopeful, the Godolphin-owned Drafted, was due to leave the States on Thursday with a shot at the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on the agenda.

 

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