Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 15:12 19/05/2015
With another week of unsettled weather forecast it is anyone's guess as to what the ground conditions are likely to be for this Saturday's feature race at Haydock Park, the Group 2 Betfred.com Temple Stakes at 3.45, a situation which puts in serious doubt the participation of a number of the 16 horses still in contention for the five furlong sprint at Monday's six-day confirmation stage.
Heading the ante-post market at a general 4-1 is the multiple group 1 winner Sole Power but with the son of Kyllachy also holding an entry in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on the same afternoon the going at both courses will decide in which direction the eight-year-old heads, and with the Edward Lynam-trained gelding having failed to win on his last four visits to the Lancashire venue is worth opposing, especially with regular pilot Richard Hughes unable to take the mount due to 2000 Guineas commitments at the Curragh.
The David O'Meara-trained G Force proved a top class speed merchant last season with a victory in the Betfred Sprint Cup on the course last September but the four-year-old has, like Sole Power, a Group 1 penalty to carry on his first run of the season and may just need the run on this occasion. The Godolphin runner Pretend has so far done all of his winning on the all-weather surfaces at Wolverhampton and Lingfield while Palace House Stakes winner Goldream may have been flattered by that victory over Justice Day leaving last year's winner Hot Streak as the value of the race at the 10-1 available with Coral and William Hill.
Trainer Kevin Ryan has always thought the world of the Iffraaj colt and in a recent interview claimed that the four-year-old had strengthened up considerably over the winter and great things are expected from the horse in the season's leading sprints, starting with Saturday's contest in which he ran out a convincing winner from Pearl Secret 12 months ago. Following a highly satisfactory reapearance when third at Longchamp just over a week ago, a race which should have put the mount of Oisin Murphy spot on for the weekend, Hot Streak is fancied to become the first back-to-back winner of the sprint since Mind Games in 1995/96.
1 Point each-way Hot Streak 10-1 Coral and William Hill