Lah Ti Dar lands York Group 2

16 May 2019

LAH Ti Dar got her 2019 campaign off to the best possible start with a hard-fought success in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York on Thursday afternoon.

Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s homebred filly was dropping down to ten furlongs for the first time since winning her second start in Listed company at Newmarket last May.

That three-year-old season ended with two gallant efforts in Group 1 company when second in the St Leger and third in the Fillies’ and Mares’ championship at Ascot.

She was a short-priced favourite to win today and she overcame the drop down in trip and unseasonably fast ground to win by a neck under Frankie Dettori.

Trainer John Gosden said: “She has shown great tenacity to win on her first start of the year. She wasn’t suited by the return to a mile and a quarter and perhaps the ground was fast enough for her first run.

“We shall look at Epsom’s Coronation Cup with her now if she comes out of this okay.”

Dettori added: “She was a bit rusty but stayed on really well.”

Lah Ti Dar is a daughter of Dubawi and multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. Her full brother Too Darn Hot was in action later in the afternoon when making his 2019 return in the Dante Stakes.

Last year’s champion two-year-old was unable to maintain his unbeaten record, going down by a length to Telecaster. Trainer John Gosden will now target the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot back at a mile.

First foal for So Mi Dar

07 February 2019

ALL at Kiltinan Castle Stud were delighted to welcome a filly foal out of So Mi Dar on Tuesday, February 5.

The filly is by champion sire Galileo and is reported, along with her mother, to be doing well.

So Mi Dar is a six-year-old daughter of Dubawi and multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. She is a full sister to champion two-year-old and 2000 Guineas favourite, Too Darn Hot.

So Mi Dar herself achieved plenty on the racecourse – winning the Group 3 Musidora Stakes and finishing third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud, said: “So Mi Dar foaled a filly by Galileo on Tuesday. Both So Mi Dar and her foal are doing well.”

Too Darn Hot is champion of Europe with a rating of 126

25 January 2019

WATERSHIP Down Stud homebred Too Darn Hot has been confirmed as the European Champion Two-year-old of 2018.

The World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, which were revealed this week, saw Too Darn Hot given a rating of 126, equal to that of Frankel and Dream Ahead back in 2010.

Trained by John Gosden, the son of Dubawi won all four of his starts as a juvenile, culminating with an impressive victory in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.

The BHA two-year-old handicapper Graeme Smith said: “I don’t think many would disagree that Too Darn Hot is probably one of the great two-year-olds of the last 30 years. In what promises to be an above-average Classic crop he already sets a lofty standard with the potential of better to come.”

Too Darn Hot is a son of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. His yearling full brother was sold for 3.5million guineas at Tattersalls last October – the highest price in Europe last year.