Hot stuff in Temple
Hot Streak revelled in the soft ground at Haydock to impressively win the betfred.com Temple Stakes on Saturday.
Kevin Ryan's three-year-old colt turned in a masterclass of sprinting under Oisin Murphy to repel the game Pearl Secret, who carries the same Qatar Racing silks as the winner.
Murphy bounced Hot Streak (9-4 favourite) out of stall seven and soon had his companion smoothly into his stride from the head of affairs.
Pearl Secret, by contrast, came with slightly more protracted tactics on the far rail under Ryan Moore, who made up lots of late ground to succumb by half a length.
Last year's winner Kingsgate Native was third, but another three lengths in arrears.
The race lost a little of its shine following the late defection of excellent Irish sprinter Sole Power, but Hot Streak's display handsomely compensated for that loss.
Murphy, one of the rising stars of the weighing room, said: "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.
"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."