Monday 19 August 2019

Gosden on weather alert for Too Darn Hot's Newbury return

Frankie Dettori riding Too Darn Hot (C, pink) celebrates early as they win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Frankie Dettori riding Too Darn Hot (C, pink) celebrates early as they win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Too Darn Hot tops the billing for the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

John Gosden's colt enjoyed a magnificent juvenile campaign, winning each of his four starts including a dominant victory in the Dewhurst at Newmarket.

The son of Dubawi is already odds-on with some bookmakers for next month's English 2,000 Guineas and will be expected to make a winning return in this recognised trial for the first colts' Classic of the year.

The going at Newbury is soft, good to soft in places, with a prolonged spell of showers forecast today before clearing to leave mainly dry weather.

Gosden does not want to see too much rain, saying: "I'm happy with the horse. He is coming up to the race nicely, but quite frankly I wouldn't like to see a whole bundle of more rain. This is a horse with an electric turn of foot. You don't necessarily want to go running in very testing ground first time out."

However, Too Darn Hot looks set to be given a decent test, with several high-class three-year-olds entered - including the Marcus Tregoning-trained Mohaather which rounded off last season by landing the Group Three Horris Hill. Richard Hannon has a strong hand, with Boitron, He'Zanarab, Urban Icon and Watan in the mix.

The equivalent race for the fillies is the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (better known as the Fred Darling). This seven-furlong Group Three has attracted 21 entries, with Aidan O'Brien's potential raider So Perfect perhaps setting the standard.

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