This weekend Bated Breath looks likely to take on his rivals in the Temple Stakes at Haydock. He will be a hot fancy for punters for this Saturday’s contest but this will only be an appetiser for Royal Ascot.

We are all waiting with Bated Breath for the arrival of Black Caviar on British soil. Her first engagement is due to be with Bated Breath in the Diamond Jubilee where she is already an odds on favourite with every firm that is quoting prices. But are diamonds really a girls best friend? Black Caviar could have her reputation tarnished in this tricky affair forever even before any much anticipated Glorious Goodwood meeting with the mighty Frankel. Many foreign raiders have failed to make an impression on British fields at Ascot in the past.  Bated Breath is offered at 12/1 by a host of the companies for the Royal Ascot centrepiece – Crockford believes those prices could well tumble after a good run on Saturday and perhaps Black Caviar’s reputation could as well come late June.