FRANKIE’S GOT A HOT ONE FOR GUINEAS

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY DAVID YATES

TOO DARN HOT en­ters win­ter quar­ters as the 5-4 favourite for the 2,000 Guineas af­ter dash­ing to a bril­liant vic­tory in the Dar­ley De­whurst Stakes at New­mar­ket.

The John Gos­den ju­ve­nile, who was run­ning in the colours of Lord An­drew and Lady Madeleine Lloyd-Web­ber, was sent off at Evens.

Un­beaten in three pre­vi­ous starts, this was his first foray into Group 1 com­pany.

And, de­spite briefly los­ing his poise run­ning down­hill into the Row­ley Mile’s ‘Dip’ over a fur­long from the fin­ish, Too Darn Hot streaked up the hill un­der Frankie Det­tori – who like Gos­den landed the De­whurst for the first time – for a two-andthree-quar­ter-length supremacy.

The win­ning jockey, who spent most of the last 100 yards blow­ing kisses to the crowd, beamed: “He was go­ing so fast, I thought, ‘There’s no way any­body can get near this!’

“He’s a great lit­tle horse. Once the turbo kicked in, I went from be­ing a length be­hind a fur­long out to pulling clear. Now we can dream.”

Gos­den added: “He was def­i­nitely not lov­ing run­ning into the Dip – he wasn’t com­fort­able there at all – but he’s got the class to over­come it.

“He’s a very brave lit­tle horse – he’s 100 per cent with you. He’s a great guy.”

Wil­lie Mullins added the Dubai £500,000 Ce­sare­witch Hand­i­cap to his CV when 10-1 shot Low Sun and Seamie Hef­fer­nan proved a neck too strong for sta­ble­mate Uradel at the end of the his­toric race.

“He was on the ‘sell­ing’ list,” Mullins re­vealed of the Rich Ricci-owned vic­tor. “But he kept win­ning and win­ning and do­ing things right.”

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