Streak prompts sprint shake-up

  • Last Updated: May 24 2014, 16:25 BST

Hot Streak's victory in Haydock's Temple Stakes prompted some major changes to two Royal Ascot sprints.

Hot Streak: Showed great speed to win the Temple Stakes
Hot Streak: Showed great speed to win the Temple Stakes

Kevin Ryan's horse is now clear favourite for the five-furlong King's Stand with several firms having made all under Oisin Murphy, having been as big as 12/1 prior to Saturday's race.

Betfred, totesport and Stan James were the most impressed, making him 4/1 clear favourite for the Ascot contest.

"The ground at Haydock may not have entirely been in his favour but Hot Streak won like a good horse and he's showing every sign of justifying Kevin Ryan's confidence in him," said Stan James spokesman Rory Jiwani.

"Sole Power was a non-runner due to the ground but the three-year-old is clearly one of the top sprinters about and we cut him from 9/1 to 4/1 favourite for the King's Stand."

Ladbrokes had Hot Streak on-side prior to the race at 8/1 but as a consequence were able to trim him just a point to 7/1, a standout price ahead of the 6/1 offered by William Hill and Sky Bet.

William Hill, 888sport and bet365 make Shea Shea a 6/1 shot while the former offer 7/1 about Sole Power.

Haydock runner-up Pearl Secret was cut to a best of 10/1 with Coral and Sky Bet, but he could instead run in the six-furlong Diamond Jubilee for which he ranges from 12/1 to 16/1.

Favourite for that contest is now Slade Power, who was really impressive at the Curragh and cut to 8/1 from 12/1 as a result. That puts him ahead of Gordon Lord Byron at 10/1 and Aljamaaheer at a best of 11s with Paddy Power.

Hot Streak is also quoted in the betting for this race and both bet365 and Paddy Power offer 10/1, but Stan James are evidently convinced his connections will opt for the sharper test as they offer a standout 33/1.

Murphy's success aboard the three-year-old winner saw William Hill quote 5/1 that he rides his first Group One winner this season.

"Oisin Murphy has a promising future ahead of him and although we believe it's a matter of time before he lands his first British Group One, he may have to wait until at least next year," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

The other noteworthy performance on Saturday came courtesy of Kingman, who showed his true colours by striding to victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas having been a beaten favourite in the English equivalent.

Next stop for him could well be the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he could face a rematch with 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder.

All bookmakers make Kingman a strong favourite at prices between Paddy Power's 4/5 and William Hill's 5/4, with bet365 and Sky Bet quoting evens.

"Kingman has demolished his rivals and he could be one of the shortest-priced favourites at Royal Ascot as he seeks revenge against Night Of Thunder," added Ivan-Duke.

  • Posted at 1625 BST on 24/05/2014.