Crockford’s predictions earlier in the week proved right as Bated Breath repelled the Irish raider Sole Power to clinch the Temple Stakes. The sprinter looked impressive as he cruised with the pack before asserting and having to see off a strong challenge near the line from the second favourite. Crockford’s Whisper Borderlescott was unlucky not to make the frame as he rallied in the final few yards and will come on again from the run. The performance as Crockford warned saw Bated Breath’s price for Royal Ascot tumble from 12/1 with most firms to as short as 4/1 tonight with the magic sign. Black Caviar will be more of test come June and is quoted at around 1/2 by most firms.

This is how Crockford’s other gambles fared yesterday:

Curragh – Hermival and Daddy Long Legs (both unplaced 3.15)
Haydock – Mabaany (unplaced 2.30) and Borderlescott (unplaced 3.00)
Goodwood – Opinion (unplaced 2.15), Fiorente (2nd 7/4 2.45), Grumeti (2nd 5/4 3.20) and Sea Moon (1st 2/7 4.25)
Chester – Viva Ronaldo (unplaced 4.00), English Summer (unplaced 5.10) and Green Park (1st 7/2 5.45)
York – Ultimate (unplaced 2.05), Brae Hill and Captain Dimitrios (both unplaced 2.35) and Cavalryman (1st 9/4 3.10).