Just how good is Too Darn Hot?
There is little doubt that Too Darn Hot is the star two-year-old of this flat season. He is yet another star to come out of the Gosden yard, but the question now arises just how good is he? As is the case these days there was a vast amount of people questioning him prior to the recent Dewhurst at Newmarket. Despite to the eye looking exceptional he had not beaten any top horses to date but this has now changed. He has now been heavily supported by punters using the latest promotions offered at mrplay, in which he is now a general 7/4 shot for the 2019 Guineas.
The fantastically named Too Darn Hot only kicked off his career at the start of August. Starting off in a weak maiden, he clearly had a tall reputation starting at odds on in the class five contest. He posted one of the most taking debuts of the season, winning by seven lengths. You could see by Dettori’s reaction post-race that they think the world of the horse. He would then be stepped straight into a group three contest at Sandown.
The Solario stakes was a stacked field with the likes of Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt in opposition. Following his eye catching debut, Too Darn Hot was sent off at evens and again posted a stunning performance. He hit a flat spot in his race, having to be nudged along briefly before picking up well to draw away by four lengths.
Gosden would then step the horse up to contest the Champagne stakes (Group 2) at Doncaster. The horse is bred to be all about stamina but what has been so exciting is he looks to have a lot of natural speed. He posted his most eye catching performance to date as he made up so much ground having sat near the back of the field. He powered clear to win eased down from the staying on Phoenix of Spain. In the process he landed odds of 4/11 for punters.
The horse had now posted three of the top two-year-old performances of the season. He was then sent to contest his biggest test to date in the Dewhurst at Newmarket. He was sent off as the general even money favourite with connections voicing their concerns on the ground. He is likely to be more at home in softer conditions so the good to firm ground was a worry. He would also be taking on a classy field with the likes of the Aiden O’Brien trained Anthony Van Dyck in opposition.
Too Darn Hot failed to settle in mid division but picked up well to lead a furlong out. He stormed clear to finish his race powerfully with Frankie celebrating before the line. This is a superstar and the bookmakers pushed him into a short priced favourite for both the Guineas and Derby. It is exciting times and he really could be that next superstar we have been waiting for.