Old foes do battle for Temple Stakes at Haydock
Last Updated: 19/05/14 12:57pm
Sole Power (left) beats Kingsgate Native (red silks) and Hot Streak (maroon with yellow cap) in the Palace House Stakes.
International globetrotter Sole Power will bid to claim a sixth Group-race success at Haydock this weekend in the Betfred Temple Stakes.
However bookmakers Sky Bet also like the claims of Hot Streak, the Kevin Ryan-trained three-year-old who finished third to Sole Power in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month, pricing the pair up as 3/1 joint-favourites.
A high-class two-year-old, Hot Streak delighted Ryan with his reappearance effort and the trainer has reported him to have come out well of that run, his reappearance.
Also set to line up in a re-match from that Newmarket contest is the runer-up Kingsgate Native, the popular veteran who won this race both in 2010 and again 12 months ago and also chased home Sole Power in the 2011 renewal.
The going at Haydock is good at present, but a changeable weather forecast could yet play its part, with rain forecast to arrive towards the weekend. That could suit Pearl Acclaim, whose owners also have Hot Streak in the contest. He is offered at 4/1 but would surely be challenging for favouritism if conditions became testing.
Also declared for Saturday's £80,000 contest, the first event in the British Champions Sprint Series, are Hamza, Dutch Masterpiece, the Jim Goldie pair Hawkeyethenoo and Jack Dexter, Justineo, Kingsgate Choice, Mirza, Smoothtalkinrascal and the David Elsworth-trained Justice Day.