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John Gosden's Too Darn Hot has 2,000 Guineas odds slashed after dominant Dewhurst Stakes victory



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It was a display that had the bookmakers running for cover where next year’s 2,000 Guineas are concerned.

In what was one of the strongest renewals of the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in recent memory, the John Gosden-trained Too Darn Hot certainly lived up to his name on Saturday.

The field contained solid Group 1 performers in Anthony Van Dyck and Advertise, while like Too Darn Hot, Sir Michael Stoute’s Sangarius boasted an unbeaten record heading into the seven-furlong contest.

Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774778)
Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774778)

But, after struggling to get to grips with the famous Rowley Mile Dip, the Dubawi colt simply sped away, opening up such a margin that jockey Frankie Dettori was able to start the celebrations with 50 yards still to go.

His odds for the first Classic of 2019 were immediately slashed to 6-4, with Charlie Appleby’s Quorto next in the betting at 8-1.

Gosden said of the Lord Lloyd Webber-owned two-year-old: “They went a good gallop but he was on the mettle and Frankie had to get him some cover, which he did nicely.

“He did not look particularly happy on the ridges and going into the dip but once he hit the rising ground he took off and we really saw what he can do.

Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774742)
Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774742)

“He is such a brave horse, he gives 100 per cent.

“His mother was a star and his father was a legend, so he is bred to do this.

“He has done remarkably well to go from a maiden to a Group 3 to a Group 2 and now to a Group 1 in just four starts, and he’s got to come back for the 2,000 Guineas now.”

It sealed not only a first Dewhurst triumph for Clarehaven Stables-based Gosden, but also the man in the saddle.

Dettori’s father, Gianfranco, rode Wollow to victory for Sir Henry Cecil in 1975 – the pair then combining to win the 2,000 Guineas the following year – but it was a race up until the weekend that eluded the 47-year-old Italian.

Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774781)
Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774781)

Dettori said: “It is the first time he has been challenged; the first three races were non-events.

“He has learnt a lot and he is an amazing horse

“ Now we can dream for next year, he has done everything we have asked him to.

“He is bred in the purple, it is great for connections, and we are going to have a very sleepless winter.”

The Gosden/Dettori axis was also in action in the Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch Stakes with 25-1 shot Precious Ramotswe, but the daughter of Nathaniel finished down the field in eighth.

Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap).13. Low Sun.Winning jockey: Seamie Heffernan.Winning trainer: W P Mullins. Picture Mark Westley. (4774792)
Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap).13. Low Sun.Winning jockey: Seamie Heffernan.Winning trainer: W P Mullins. Picture Mark Westley. (4774792)

Instead, it was Willie Mullins who was celebrating after Low Sun edged out stable-mate Uradel in an exciting conclusion.

That wrapped up a big-race double on the day for jockey Seamie Heffernan, who was onboard Aidan O’Brien’s New Zealand in the opening Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes.

Gosden and Dettori fared better in the Listed Dubai Life British EBF Boadicea Stakes, though, as Perfection won through, leading to the trainer hinting that it could be the three-year-old’s last outing.

“I do not know if she will stay in training now,” he said.

Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774779)
Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies).7. Too Darn Hot.Winning jockey: Frankie Dettori.Winning trainer: John Gosden Picture Mark Westley. (4774779)

“Winning a Listed race was very important to her and her owner/breeders may want to whisk her off to the paddocks now.”

On the opening day of the Dubai Future Champions Festival (Friday), much was expected of Michael Bell’s Pretty Pollyanna after her disappointment a fortnight earlier in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.

Ultimately it is now back-to-back HQ outings without a victory for the daughter of Oasis Dream in the Group 1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile – finishing third to Joseph O’Brien’s Iridessa – but Bell was pleased with the performance under changed jockey Daniel Tudhope.

The Fitzroy House trainer said: “I thought it was an excellent run. Danny was emphatic that she got the trip, but it was her first run over it, so it was an experience for her.

Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Omnivega Picture Mark Westley. (4774794)
Dubai Future Champions meeting Newmarket Rowley Mile Omnivega Picture Mark Westley. (4774794)

“The wind probably made it a bigger test of stamina than would be conventional, so in the circumstances it was a very good run.”

“We have options, obviously, such as the Commonwealth Cup or the Guineas, and we have all winter to decide.”

Friday was also a day to remember for Carlburg Stables’ Roger Varian as he picked up a double.

Mot Juste won The Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes with a performance that convinced jockey William Buick she could be a 1,000 Guineas contender.

“I let her find her feet going into the dip and she picked up well to see her race out strongly,” he said.

“I see no reason why she will not stay a mile, possibly further, which would make the Guineas an option.”

Varian’s other victory came in the Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies’ Stakes with Nearooz – making it 18 winners that jockey David Egan has ridden for the trainer.