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Too Darn Hot is bringing extra heat to Guineas


Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot has emerged as a surprise candidate for Saturday's Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Last year's champion juvenile was forced to miss the Newmarket equivalent after a setback early in the spring, but made his reappearance at York last week.

Stepping up in trip to 10 furlongs in the Dante Stakes, John Gosden's colt just failed to reel in Telecaster and while the Derby was ruled out, the St James's Palace Stakes was nominated as his next target.

However, Gosden has now decided to leave Too Darn Hot in the Irish Classic and will make a final decision later in the week.

Simon Marsh, racing manager to his owner Andrew Lloyd-Webber, said: "He's come out of the race very well and is absolutely fine.

"John just felt we'd keep him in at this stage and then make a decision later in the week as to whether or not he's actually going to run.

"I think York was a case of stamina - the way the race was run and I think at this stage in his career, he's obviously going to be better over a mile.

"But I have no doubt that later on he will stay a mile and a quarter. Frankie (Dettori) was at pains to stress how keen and fresh he was. "

Too Darn Hot is among 16 left in contention for the Classic, with Aidan O'Brien having five possibles.

Those include the Newmarket winner Magna Grecia and Old Glory, a E1.6million Frankel colt.

Paddy Twomey's Decrpyt and Dermot Weld's unbeaten Shelir add strength to the Irish defence.

William Haggas' Craven winner Skardu, Charlie Hill's Phoenix Of Spain, who was not beaten far by Magna Grecia as a juvenile, Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana and the Martyn Meade-trained Confiding are all in the mix.

Roger Varian's Qabala has been supplemented for a rematch with Hermosa in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.

Winner of the Nell Gwyn on her seasonal return, she was strongly fancied for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and stayed on to finish third as the 7-2 favourite behind the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hermosa. Varian has been happy with her at home since and feels she warrants another chance to win a Classic.