David Redvers has plenty to look forward to this summer as he sits behind his desk at Tweenhills Farm and Stud with his finger firmly on the pulse of the racing world.
As racing manager to the increasingly successful Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, he is plotting potentially lucrative campaigns for one of the most exciting teams of Flat horses on the planet, including dual 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder.
Few top-class races on the Flat go by these days without at least one horse in the field representing Sheikh Fahad under either of his Qatar Racing and Pearl Bloodstock banners.
Sprinter Hot Streak justified his reputation as one of the best horses in the high-quality roster with a narrow but authoritative victory over Pearl Secret – also owned by Sheikh Fahad – under Oisin Murphy in last Saturday’s Temple Stakes at Haydock.
Redvers expects the three-year-old, trained by Kevin Ryan, to take all the beating in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Sheikh Fahad is expected to have a host of fancied runners.
“Kevin has been raving about Hot Streak for a long time and he is clearly an exceptional horse,” said the Hartpury-based stud owner.
“His performance in the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot last year was exceptional and he was exceptional again at Haydock.
“We’re delighted to have him, he hasn’t turned a hair and whatever beats him will win the King’s Stand, in my opinion.
“Kevin’s aim is clearly to make him champion sprinter and he’s on the way to doing that.”
Pearl Secret is expected to join Hot Streak at the royal meeting after he kept on well to finish well clear of third-placed Kingsgate Native at Haydock.
As well as the King’s Stand, he and Hot Streak also have entries in the Diamond Jubilee over six furlongs at the showpiece fixture.
Redvers said: “It’s a shame the two of them had to run against each other as without Hot Streak, Pearl Secret would have won by three lengths and everyone would be saying it was a fantastic performance.
“David Barron has always said he’s the fastest horse he’s ever trained and he showed on Saturday he’s getting back towards what he thought he was.
“Hopefully they won’t have to keep bumping into one another all year.
“Both horses would stay six furlongs, but both also have the speed to win a King’s Stand over five.
“We’re going to have to sit down and have an in-depth discussion with Sheikh Fahad, the trainers and the jockeys.”
It wasn’t only Hot Streak who advertised his talents at Haydock, with Murphy also underlining why he is regarded as one of the rising stars of the weighing room.
Though still an apprentice, he will be on Redvers’ mind when rides are distributed over the coming weeks.
“He’s a top 10 rider, regardless of the fact he is still claiming three pounds, and he rides with the confidence of a 40-year-old,” said Redvers.
“We have two exceptional jockeys in Jamie Spencer and Harry Bentley, but Oisin has ridden for us before and I am sure he will again when the opportunity arises.”
The long-awaited debut of Qatar Racing’s Derby candidate Hydrogen ended in defeat at Newmarket today.
The youngster, who cost £2.6 million as a yearling, finished sixth under Jamie Spencer in the Lloyds Bank Commercial Maiden Stakes.
He finished more than 10 lengths behind the winner, the Frankie Dettori-ridden Wonderstruck.
Sheikh Fahad had suggested beforehand that the colt, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyman, might benefit from the experience.
He and Redvers will be hoping Hydrogen can show more next time out, but the chances of him running in the Derby next Saturday now look slim.