Priceless pounces in Temple Stakes

Priceless (centre) ridden by Alan Kirby wins the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes

Priceless completed a big-race double for trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby in the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes at Haydock.

A little over 30 minutes after teaming up to land the Sandy Lane Stakes with the hugely impressive Harry Angel, the pair combined with this 11-2 chance in the second Group Two of the day.

The four-year-old filly got off to a decent start and tracked the pacesetting veteran Take Cover for much of the five-furlong contest.

Priceless hit the front over a furlong out and while Goldream finished powerfully, Cox's charge held on by half a length.

Alpha Delphini was a close-up third.

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Kirby said: "She's very good and I was riding the best filly in the race."

Cox, who won this race 12 month ago with Profitable, said: "She's just getting better and better.

"Since we dropped her back to five furlongs she's just improved and taken a step up.

"She was very green in her younger days and we tried to stretch her out in trip, but bringing her back to five (furlongs) has been the making of her.

"It will be the King's Stand next, along with Profitable.

"Alan (Spence, owner and Chelsea director) is obviously at the Cup Final but I'm delighted to win this for him again as he's been a huge supporter.

"She's making up into a really strong filly and it's uncanny to win the same race again."


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