Too Darn Hot takes Champagne Stakes in style

17 September 2018

TOO DARN HOT was the toast of Doncaster when running out an impressive winner of the Group 2 Champagne Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by John Gosden, Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s homebred colt is now three from three, cementing his position at the head of the market for next year’s Classics.

Yesterday’s victory, again in the hands of Frankie Dettori, saw Too Darn Hot settled at the rear of the field in what was a fiercely run race early on.

As the pacesetters began to toil, Too Darn Hot was just getting in top gear and he motored to the lead at the furlong marker before powering clear to win by a length and three quarters.

Gosden said: “He was very impressive and it took Frankie a long time to pull him up.

“I'm happy with him and he did everything right. He quickened up from a long way back - he's a young, talented horse. He's in the three Group Ones in October and there'll be no decision for 10 days.”

Dettori added: “That was very special. What he did between the three and the one blew me away. I guess the next step is a Group One, but he is very talented. When you run him on a flat track you can really feel his gears. He's learning how to race and everything he did today was amazing.”

There were high hopes of a sibling double when Lah Di Dar set out for Classic glory half an hour later in the St Leger. She too had an unbeaten record at stake but it wasn’t meant to be and she was forced to settle for second behind Kew Gardens.

Gosden said: “She ran a great race and as Frankie said, that's the first real race of her life. She's only ever seen about one horse before today. She was beaten by a proper horse and a proper Leger horse. She's run an absolute blinder and we're thrilled with her.

“We’ll take her home and freshen her up for the fillies and mares race on Champions Day then put her away. That’s the plan.”

Too Darn Hot and Lah Ti Dar are both by Dubawi out of star mare Dar Re Mi. Their full brother will be offered for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 this October.

Too Darn Hot makes light work of Solario rivals

04 September 2018

TOO DARN HOT made it two from two when taking the Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

The son of Dubawi and top racemare Dar Re Mi looked all class when winning his novice at the same track early in August and he cemented that impression with an easy win stepped up to Group 3 company.

Despite racing a little keenly in the early stages, Frankie Dettori soon had Too Darn Hot settled on the heels of the pacesetter, Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt.

The pace was a decent one but when Dettori asked Too Darn Hot to go and win his race, he picked up in impressive fashion, surging clear to win by four lengths.

Simon Marsh said of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s colt: “It’s very exciting. We normally sell all our colts but kept him because he missed the sales due to a minor veterinary issue. You would hope he would stay a mile and a half but there’s no reason to think he won’t be a Guineas horse too.”

Dettori added: “He’s pretty special. He shuffled for about 20 yards when I asked him a question then he changed lead, got into top gear and off he went. He’s put a good field to bed in impressive fashion.”

Trained by John Gosden, Too Darn Hot is now favourite for next season’s 2000 Guineas and Derby. His full brother is lot 325 at the Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale.

It was a good weekend for the stud with Trethias winning a mile maiden at The Curragh. The daughter of Invincible Spirit and Evita won in good style for trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Colm O’Donohue.

Her half-sister by leading sprinter Muhaarar is also being offered in Book 1 at Tattersalls and is lot 360.