Winter Power is coming to the Temple Stakes at Haydock

Tim Easterby's Winter Power could outrun a snowstorm and the rapid sprinter is booked to run in the Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday, May 21.

Temperatures may be heating up in England currently but Winter Power is heading to the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday, May 21.

Tim Easterby's rapid sprinter won three times in 2021, all at York, including a victory in the Listed Westow and City Walls Stakes and culminating with a win in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes in the Knavesmire.

Owned by King Power who also own Leicester City FC, Winter Power then headed to the Prix de l'Abbaye at ParisLongchamp but didn't really handle the heavy conditions in the French capital.

"She is great form at home, she's doing really well," Easterby said.

"She's entered in the Temple and that's where she'll run, all being well."

Winter Power was one of 14 standing their ground for the Group 2 Temple Stakes with Karl Burke's Last Crusader turned around quickly after winning at York last week.

Henry Candy's Cheveley Park gelding Twilight Calls is currently second favourite after a fifth at Newmarket in the Palace House Stakes

Chris Richardson, representing owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "He came out of that race (Palace House) very well, things didn't quite go our way. All the pace was on the far side and we slightly got carried left in the final stages of the race and he was never able to get in the mix.

"We'll stick with the plan and have a go at Haydock. I don't know what rain they've had up there, but the quicker the ground the better for him."

Other horses in the mix include Charles Hills' Palace House Stakes victor Khaadem, Ed Walker's course and distance winner Came From The Dark, The Queen's Wentworth Stakes winner King's Lynn, trained by Andrew Balding and Edward Bethell's Moss Gill who was a recent Group 3 second at Newbury.

Stuart Williams' Existent will be hoping to go one better than a second last time out in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket behind Khaadem, beaten just a neck at HQ.

The Temple Stakes takes place at Haydock on Saturday May 21 at Haydock racecourse on Merseyside. The race is a Group 2 standard five furlong sprint worth £65,217 to the winner. The race will be live on ITV and starts at 15.45.

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