Too Darn Hot lands Sussex Stakes

31 July 2019

TOO Darn Hot gained a second successive Group 1 when taking the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood this afternoon.

After losing his unbeaten record earlier this season, Too Darn Hot returned to the top-level winners’ enclosure last time out when dropped back to seven furlongs for the Prix Jean Prat.

Back up to a mile, jockey Frankie Dettori tracked the leaders before showing his trademark turn of foot with two furlongs to run.

His Ascot conqueror Circus Maximus had got first run but Too Darn Hot always had that rival in his sights and quickened to the lead inside the final furlong before going on to win cosily by half a length.

Trainer John Gosden said: “He is an all-out speed horse. They went an even pace – nothing mad – but he was full of running and luckily the gaps came.

“I have put him in sprints and a flat, easy mile is ok for him. Probably his best trip may be seven furlongs. His dam was top-class over a mile and a half but he is all speed – after all he was champion two-year-old.”

Jockey Frankie Dettori added: “His preparation for this has been smooth and he had been going really well at home. He is blessed with so much speed but has stayed this mile – he has it all.

“He has a wonderful pedigree and is a wonderful horse.”


Royal Intervention takes Group 3 prize

15 July 2019

ROYAL Intervention carried the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber to a valuable success in the Group 3 Summer Stakes at York on Friday.

The daughter of Exceed and Excel deserved to get her head in front again following some decent efforts this term, including when fifth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last time out.

Trained by Ed Walker, Royal Intervention made every yard of the running under Paul Hanagan and held on gamely to repel Shades Of Blue by a neck.

Walker said: “I couldn’t believe they left her alone in front- she has a lot of speed – it was a great ride. She can be tricky but Paul has done a great job.

“She has an entry in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest – it’s over six and a half furlongs which I think could really suit. She’s won a Listed and Group 3 and been placed in a Group 2, we’ll keep trying to build her pedigree and maybe look at America later in the year.”

Bred by Watership Down Stud and W S Farish, Royal Intervention is a half-sister to four ‘black type’ performers including Grade 1 Beverley D winner Gorella.

There was another good result on Friday when Al Madhar won a competitive 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut. The son of Siyouni was sold by Watership Down Stud in their Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling draft to Shadwell Estates for 200,000gns last October.


Too Darn Hot takes Deauville Group 1

08 July 2019

Too Darn Hot has returned to the winners’ enclosure with an emphatic success in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville on Sunday.

Last year’s champion juvenile had endured a frustrating campaign to date but bounced back in style under Frankie Dettori.

He raced in the far side group for much of the contest before showing his customary turn of foot to put the race to bed with two furlongs to run.

Ending up close to the near side, he powered clear to beat Space Blues by three lengths.

Trainer John Gosden said: “We've finally got him over the correct trip - seven furlongs.

“An easy, flat mile would be no problem - just stop running over an extended mile and a quarter and stiff miles. He was a very fast two-year-old, the champion, he's proved what he can do. This is very quick ground, but he's handled it well.

"We're thrilled with him. He's a beautiful colt, very quick - it's what you want for stallion purposes - but we stupidly tried to stretch him out. He did have an interrupted preparation, though.”

Dettori added: “It felt great and I'm pleased for the horse. He travelled great, put the race to bed good and showed his old turn of foot.

“Hopefully this race will give him confidence and there's more to come.

“He's very fast, it's well documented nothing has gone right for him, this was a better track for him.

“He's won a Group One as a three-year-old, so I'm delighted.”

Watership Down Stud-bred Too Darn Hot is by Dubawi out of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. He has now won five times, twice at the top level.