06/01/2016 9:59AM

Miss Temple City to Royal Ascot for Duke of Cambridge

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Miss Temple City and jockey Drayden Van Dyke win the Maker's 46 Mile by 1 1/4 lengths on April 15.

Miss Temple City returned from a six-month layoff in striking fashion at Keeneland, becoming the first filly or mare to win the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile. As an encore, she will be flown to England on Tuesday with her sights set on the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Graham Motion plans to work Miss Temple City over turf at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Friday or Saturday. She will then van to Keeeneland, where on Monday she will join up with Tepin, who is set to take on males at Ascot in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. The pair will travel to Indianapolis for a Tuesday morning Federal Express flight to Stansted Airport north of London.

This will be Miss Temple City's second trip to Ascot. Last year at 3, she finished fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. In 2013, Motion sent out Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom for his career finale in the Queen Anne. He finished 11th.

"After doing this a few times, it's nice to have some familiarity," Motion said. "We'll be in David Lanigan's yard."

Motion, who was raised in Newmarket, will fly to England the same day as Miss Temple City.

"I want to be there to supervise her training," Motion said. "My assistant, Alice Clapham, who traveled with Animal Kingdom, will be there also."

Drayden Van Dyke rode Miss Temple City to victory in the Maker's 46 Mile on April 15, but Motion has arranged for Ryan Moore to ride in the Duke of Cambridge. Moore set a Royal Ascot record last year by winning nine of the 30 races held at the five-day meet.

"We decided to use a European rider this year, and he is the best, or at the very least, one of the best," Motion said. "We're lucky to have him."

Both the Duke of Cambridge, which will be run June 15, and the opening-day Queen Anne on June 14 are at a mile over the Royal Hunt Course at Ascot.

"It's an undulating straight mile with the final quarter-mile mainly uphill," Motion said.

Motion said "everything has been textbook" with Miss Temple City's training since the Maker's 46 Mile.

"Obviously, since she's only raced once this year, her conditioning is a bit of a concern," Motion said. "But we're very happy with her."

Motion has given Miss Temple City four works at Fair Hill since May 7, three on Tapeta and the most recent on the steeplechase turf course. Her breeze this weekend will be on the steeplechase course.

"It's a seven-furlong oval, but we only use it from the 4 1/2-furlong pole," Motion said. "There's a gradual incline from the quarter pole to the finish."

GU1961 More than 1 year ago
Good luck to the connections of Miss Temple City. I will be rooting for her!