Too Darn Hot on fire again
● Towering performance under Dettori
Too Darn Hot lived up to his name and star billing with a towering performance in the 188Bet Solario Stakes at Sandown.
An impressive seven-length winner on his debut over a mile, the John Gosden-trained colt was stepping up in class but down in trip for the Group Three, won by subsequent Derby hero Masar 12 months ago. And Too Darn Hot was, by some bookmakers, promoted to favouritism for next year’s Epsom Classic following a four-length success under Frankie Dettori.
Dettori said: “He’s Too Darn Hot, that’s for sure! He was still a bit green at the top of the straight so I let him get balanced before I asked him to get serious and stop playing – then the turbo kicked in. I kept him up to his work because I suppose the next target will be a Group One, but I don’t know where.
“He’s won his Group Three very easy and the next step should be a big race.
Thady Gosden, assistant to his father, said: “We couldn’t be happier. He was a bit green early in the straight, but then Frankie got hold of him.
“He’s always shown plenty of ability at home and it’s quite good that he can transfer that to the course. He could have the speed for a Guineas. He made his debut over a mile, but we felt he’d have the speed for seven in this company, so we’ll see.”
Odds-on favourite Veracious won the 188Bet Casino Atalanta Stakes in workmanlike fashion. Awesometank’s stuck to the task gamely but went down by a length and a quarter to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 10-11 favourite.
Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson said: “Whatever she does this year I’m sure she’ll be even better next year.”
Yesterday saw Saeed bin Suroor’s Best Solution win his second Group One in a matter of weeks in Germany, this time in the 146th Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden-baden. The four-yearold held the late rally of Roger Varian’s returning Defoe and Bin Suroor said: “He was good, he won the race well and now the plan is to take him to Australia. We will run him in the Caulfield Cup and then the Melbourne Cup.”
At Newcastle today, Life On Earth can return to her best dropped back in trip for the 188Bet Extra Place Races Handicap. The three-year-old won two on the bounce over 12 furlongs before switching up to two miles at Musselburgh last time, but she was found out over that longer distance.
Beaten over eight lengths that day, Life On Earth looked a possible challenge with two furlongs to go, but her run petered out and she dropped away.
Returning to an extended 12 furlongs here should rekindle her fire and she has proved more than capable on an allweather surface in the past.