Tuesday 25 June 2019

Gosden keeps Curragh option for Too Darn Hot

'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' (stock photo)
'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' (stock photo)

Thomas Kelly

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

Last year's champion juvenile was forced to miss the Newmarket equivalent after a setback in the spring, but returned to action over 10 furlongs in the York's Dante Stakes last week,

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 put his charge in the Curragh 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 in the week.

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

Too Darn Hot is among 16 left in contention for the classic, with Aidan O'Brien having five possibles, headed by Newmarket hero Magna Grecia.

Paddy Twomey's Decrypt and ­Dermot Weld's unbeaten Shelir add strength to the home defence, while Charlie Hills' Phoenix Of Spain, not beaten far by Magna ­Grecia as a juvenile, is among five other ­raiders.

O'Brien, meanwhile, hopes last year's St Leger hero Kew Gardens can improve on his previous experience at Epsom and provide him with a ninth victory in the Coronation Cup.

The Ballydoyle supremo will rely on the son of Galileo, ninth in last year's Derby, after ruling talented filly Magical out of the Group One prize. After ­trailing home in the Prix de l'Arc on his final start last year, Kew ­Gardens found only Morando (which may re-oppose) too good when ­conceding 7lb on his seasonal return at Chester.

O'Brien said: "It was always the plan to go to Chester to make sure he was OK on a left-handed track, as when he ran at Epsom last season he was a bit disappointing."

Middleton Stakes winner Lah Ti Dar - one of two entries for Gosden alongside Coronet - could be in line for a quick return to action with the trainer keen on stepping her back up in trip.

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