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Streak looks Hot stuff in King’s Stand Stakes

| 17.06.2014

The first four home in last year’s King’s Stand Stakes renew their rivalry in the 5f contest at Royal Ascot today (3.45), but the up and coming Hot Streak is fancied to emerge victorious.

The son of Iffraaj had some top quality form as a juvenile, and shaped really well on his seasonal reappearance when a close-up third behind Sole Power in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.
Hot Streak then showed the benefit of that run when putting in a stunning performance to land the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock last month.

After slightly missing the break, the three-year-old showed plenty of early zip to take up the running in a matter of strides and cruised along at the heads of affairs in the 5f contest.

Hot Streak then quickly put the race to bed with an instant turn of foot when popped the question by Oisin Murphy a furlong from home, and only had to be pushed out to score with far more in hand than the winning margin of 1/2 a length suggests.

It was a performance which oozed class, and one which suggested Hot Streak had the potential to go right to the top of the sprinting tree.

With the prospect of more to come, and jockey Jamie Spencer now taking over in the saddle, Hot Streak looks the one they all have to beat.
The obvious dangers are established sprinters Shea Shea and Sole Power.

The Edward Lynam trained Sole Power is tough to beat when having his favoured fast ground, as he showed when coming with a storming late run to beat Shea Shea by a neck in this race 12 months ago.

The six-year-old looked as good as ever when winning the Palace House, but connections will not have been plsaed by the decision by officials to water at the weekend before heavy rain hit the track and Sole Power could prove vulnerable to Hot Streak as a result.

South African raider Shea Shea looked all over the winner until getting nailed on the line by Sole Power last year, and is bidding to give trainer Mike De Kock his first winner at the Royal meeting.

The seven-year-old won a Group 3 in good style at Meydan back in the spring, and was then given an over confident ride when third in the Group 1 Al Quoz at the same venue when last seen in action.
The son of National Emblem is a major player on the pick of his form, but like Sole Power is not getting any young



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.