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Templegate’s NAP won’t be caught over this trip on day two of Chester Festival

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TEMPLEGATE tackles day two of the Chester May meeting confident of finding a few winners at this tricky track.

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JAYAREBE (3.05 Chester, nap)

Was a good Newmarket maiden winner on debut last August before being thrown into the very deep water of the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October. That shows how much trainer Brian Meehan thinks of this Zoffany colt, who held his own in that exalted company. Those two outings were both over seven furlongs but it was always clear that he would come into his own over middle distances as a three-year-old. He came back from seven months off to take a tough Listed contest at Newmarket last time. He relished every yard of the 1m1f distance there and kept pulling out more and more up the long straight at HQ. He was going away from them at the line and the time he clocked puts him right in the Group-winner bracket. He was nicely balanced through the infamous Newmarket dip so there’s every chance he’ll handle this Chester rollercoaster ride.

NEVER SO BRAVE (2.35 Chester, nb)

Sir Michael Stoute’s nice prospect was second on both his starts last season — and the two horses that beat him both went on to claim Group 1 honours. We didn’t see him after July so it was a real positive that he was able to land a smooth win at Thirsk on comeback 19 days ago. He didn’t have to leave first gear there and can cope with this rise in class.

DEMOCRACY DILEMMA (1.30 Chester, treble)

Can make the most of his stall two draw. He has won around the Roodee twice before and he usually flies from the boxes. His last win came here in September and he can strike again with trainer Robert Cowell’s horses starting the season well.

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