Hot Streak burns off Temple rivals
The Kevin Ryan trained Hot Streak took the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock under another quality ride from talented teenage jockey Oisin Murphy. Third in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on his reappearance, Ryan’s charge was able to reverse form with the runner-up on that occasion, Kingsgate Native, recording a 1/2 length victory from fellow Qatar Racing owned Pearl Secret, with the aforementioned Kingsgate Native back in third.
Murphy did a great job of hanging on to the 3yo, a winner of the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot last season, as he failed to settle early before his young jockey eventually found cover behind front runners Justineo and Justice Day. Murphy made the decision of sending his charge for home at the halfway stage and having quickened nicely just did enough to continue the great form of both his jockey and trainer.
“Kevin didn’t tie me down to instructions, I’d hoped to make the running as I didn’t think I could get across to the rail from my draw,” Murphy said.
“He travelled like a superstar and he’s won easily. He’s very high class and probably one of the best sprinters now.
“I gave him two flicks, he hasn’t had a race – it was like a strong piece of work.
“He’s very high class. He was a steering job and I’m just very grateful for the opportunities.”
Winning trainer Ryan added: “We’ve always thought the world of him,” he said. “We know there’s more improvement from him and it’s all for Royal Ascot now.
“He’s an awesome horse. He’s the best I’ve trained, without a shadow of a doubt.
“He’s everything you’d want in a good horse. He’s just a wonderful horse to train.
“He’s not ground-dependent, he’s just one of those real good horses that can cope with everything.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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