Sunday 26 May 2019

D-Day looming for Godsen on Too Darn Hot Guineas decision

Trainer John Gosden
Trainer John Gosden
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

DOUBTS linger over the participation of Too Darn Hot in next month's English 2,000 Guineas, with a decision set to be made in the coming days to decide if John Gosden's exciting three-year-old is fit to tackle the first Classic of the season.

A setback ruled him out of last weekend's Greenham and the son of Dubawi is now available at as big as 9/4 having trade around even money before a splint problem came to light last Wednesday.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-owned colt has been confined to light exercise since then and would need to return to routine work in the next week or so if he is to have any chance of making the Newmarket showpiece on May 4.

"We'll see how we are over the next few days with Too Darn Hot. We'll make a decision over the weekend or early next week as to his participation in the 2,000 Guineas," Gosden said yesterday.

Aidan O'Brien's Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia are his nearest market rivals for the 2,000 Guineas with both available at 6/1.

There was good news for Gosden at Newmarket yesterday as Kick On (2/1) digged deep to land the Listed Feilden Stakes on the first day of the Craven meeting under Kerry jockey Oisin Murphy.

O'Brien's Western Australia (6/4 favourite) was never a factor back in fifth on a day when Roger Varian's Qabala (100/30 favourite) shot to the head of the English 1,000 Guineas market with success in the Group Three Nell Gwyn.

Qabala - ridden by Kildare teenager David Egan - was cut from as big as 66/1 to general 5/1 market leader - usurping Jonh Oxx's Skitter Scatter (8/1) - after an impressive defeat of stablemate Mot Juste on only her second start.

Meanwhile, Godolphin hold the aces in today's Craven Stakes (3.35), with Saeed bin Suroor's Royal Marine and Charlie Appleby's Zakouski jostling for favouritism.

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