Horse racing tips: Templegate NAP has been a legend for Andrew Balding and won this race last year

TEMPLEGATE tackles day two of the St Leger Festival confident of finding a few winners.

Read on for our man’s tips and back a horse at the best price by clicking their odds below.

COLTRANE (3.00 Doncaster, nap)

He ran right up to his best when winning the Lonsdale Cup at York last time. He travelled sweetly under Oisin Murphy before picking up well for a convincing success. He was a battling second in the Ascot Gold Cup so has no issue with this longer trip and he showed a liking for this track when winning this race 12 months ago.

BARADAR (4.45 Doncaster, nb)

He should have his ideal conditions here with a little bit of give in the ground. He took full advantage when winning a hot contest at Ascot when last seen in July and has had a little break since. A 4lb rise is fair and William Buick on board is a plus.

INQUISITIVELY (2.25 Doncaster, treble)

She looked a top prospect when taking a York Listed contest in style. She was always up with the sharp pace before engaging turbo boost to score by two lengths. William Buick stays on board, which is a plus, and there’s more to come.

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Templegate’s race-by-race verdicts

1.15

CIRCE is the clear pick of those with racecourse experience after a good debut third at Sandown 13 days ago. She enjoyed this trip and handled the bit of cut.

Trainer Richard Hannon won this 12 months ago and has every chance again.

Ralph Beckett has plenty of debut winners and his Morning Light has the benefit of Ryan Moore on board. She is bred to enjoy this trip as a two-year-old.

Andrew Balding introduces Lasting Love who was a relatively expensive buy at £300,000. She will want further in time but should know her job first time out.

Shakeela is related to good horses over this trip and is worth a market check with William Buick on board, as is Gosden newcomer Stifling who has juvenile winners in her close family.

Marie Ellen showed some promise when second on debut at Leicester. She was very green there so should learn from the experience.

1.50

WAR ROOMS enjoyed himself when winning as he liked on debut over course and distance 50 days ago.

Owen Burrows’ hope tanked along before drawing right away from his rivals. This is a hike in class but he can improve enough to win.

Battle Cry won a decent maiden at York last time and the Aidan O’Brien hope will be a threat if building on that, which seems likely.

Local Hero scorched home on debut at Kempton over a mile and showed enough pace to cope with this drop in distance. He won’t be far away in an open contest.

Dancing Gemini ran well when scoring at Newbury and wouldn’t have to improve much to figure.

Warm Spell clocked a decent time when winning over this distance at Newbury. He battled for a while to the line and was always holding on.

Kingdom Of Riches won from the front at Ascot and has more to offer over a trip that suits.

2.25

INQUISITIVELY looked a top prospect when taking a York Listed contest in style.

She was always up with the sharp pace before engaging turbo boost to score by two lengths. William Buick stays on board, which is a plus, and there’s more to come.

Big Evs is respected despite finding the Nunthorpe too much against older rivals last time.

He had three lengths to spare when taking the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot before an equally impressive effort at Goodwood.

He can bounce back from his poor Knavesmire run and looks the main danger.

Francis Meynell looked sharp when winning at Navan and has solid place prospects.

Kylian will be happy dropping back to this trip after meeting traffic problems in the Gimcrack.

Valiant Force didn’t stay 6f in France and can prove his 150-1 Norfolk Stakes win wasn’t a fluke back over a more suitable distance.

3.00

COLTRANE ran right up to his best when winning the Lonsdale Cup at York last time.

He travelled sweetly under Oisin Murphy before picking up well for a convincing success.

He was a battling second in the Ascot Gold Cup so has no issue with this longer trip and he showed a liking for this track when winning this race 12 months ago.

If peak Trueshan turns up he’ll be hard to stop – but we haven’t seen his best form in two outings this season.

He got his favourite testing ground when held in a Nottingham Listed contest and was more disappointing when beaten at Ascot.

We haven’t seen him since May and he’s had a wind op which may help.

Sweet William has been a revelation this season as it was only four runs ago that he was losing his maiden tag over 1m4f here.

Since then he has landed good handicaps at Newbury and Goodwood before his half-length second in the Ebor. There should more to come.

Broome and The Grand Visir both look short of the other trio.

3.35

BAGUE D’OR was coming back from a long break when finishing second in a red-hot handicap at York last time.

That was over 1m4f but his best efforts have come at this trip and he’s still on a fair weight. He’ll run a big race provided this isn’t coming too soon.

Legendary Day was a place behind the tip on the Knavesmire and is another who will enjoy this stiffer test.

The Goat would love some rain as he’s best in testing conditions.

He was a little outpaced when sixth in the Melrose on quick ground at York having won easily in the mud at Glorious Goodwood.

Real Dream didn’t enjoy trying to go from the front off a bad draw when 19th in the Ebor last time.

He had eariler scored over this trip with plenty in hand at Ascot and can finish a lot closer under Ryan Moore.

Quantum Leap didn’t stay 2m last time after winning over this trip at a lower level than this.

Island Brave hasn’t run for nine months and could do with a drop down the weights.

4.10

QUEEN EMMA landed a smooth success over this trip on handicap debut at Goodwood last time.

She ground down her rivals and a 6lb rise looks fair for William Haggas’ progressive filly.

There’s The Door loves it soft so more rain would be ideal. She took a decent prize over 1m2f last time and this longer trip should hold no fears.

Cherry is another who tasted success at Goodwood latest. She cleared right away from her rivals despite the tacky ground and looks another nice prospect.

She was second over this course and distance in July.

Stablemate Mistressofillusion ran well on handicap debut at Newmarket and the first-time cheekpieces could help.

Reina Del Mar scored at HQ latest but has a 10lb rise to contend with.

4.45

BARADAR should have his ideal conditions here with a little bit of give in the ground.

He took full advantage when winning a hot contest as Ascot when last seen in July and has had a little break since. A 4lb rise is fair and William Buick on board is a plus.

Persuasion is in fine form with a win at Thirsk followed by a head second at Haydock last time. Ryan Moore gets on board and can take him close again.

The Green Man is creeping up the weights but is in good form and should enjoy this in-between trip.

Lethal Levi has been running well without winning but is coming down the weights and could hit the frame.

Gweedore didn’t fire at Thirsk latest after two good wins and can bounce back.

Able Kane goes well here and is another on the shortlist.

5.20

KINGSWOOD FLYER took a step forward when winning on handicap debut at Newbury.

He seemed to have something left in the tank and can improve further.

Succession clocked a big personal best when second on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.

His best turf form has come on soft ground and he looks a contender.

Blue Prince had a bad draw at York last time and is better judged on his win there in July. He’s shot up the weights but likes this trip and has more to offer.

Red Zone Hero wasn’t at home on fast ground latest after winning in easier conditions at Ayr. The booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye.

Boardroom found a Listed race too much last time but ran well on his first two outings and is capable of bouncing back.

Dapperling has shown her best over a furlong shorter.

Templegate’s tips

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