Gos­den: Hot fav is a happy horse

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JOHN GOS­DEN says his red-hot De­whurst favourite Too Darn Hot is a happy, cheer­ful horse.

Gos­den said: “I am not sur­prised he came to hand quickly, be­cause he is a very ac­tive, joy­ful horse, who has al­ways been on the front foot.

“He’s got a great turn of foot, but I'm not con­vinced that he will stay more than a mile and a quar­ter next year.”

The sole Group One win­ner in the field is the Mar­tyn Meade-trained Ad­ver­tise.

Sec­ond in the Coven­try Stakes at Royal As­cot to the now-side­lined Ca­lyx, the Show­cas­ing colt struck gold in the Phoenix Stakes at the Cur­ragh.

Meade said: “It was al­ways the plan to wait for the De­whurst af­ter the Phoenix, I thought the lit­tle break would do him good.

“He’d had four runs any­way, he couldn’t have had a bet­ter prepa­ra­tion. It’s all gone ac­cord­ing to plan – apart from the en­tries of the other good horses, that’s the an­noy­ing bit!"

He added: “It’s quite ex­tra­or­di­nary that he barely gets talked about, be­cause he won the New­mar­ket race (July Stakes) pretty eas­ily and if he’d been drawn on the same side as Ca­lyx and known he had to race against him he may have beaten him, too.

“I think he’s a bit un­der­val­ued at the mo­ment, per­son­ally, but there we go.”

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