Bul­let star hailed ‘one in a mil­lion’

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VET­ERAN sprinter Take Cover won the Wil­liam Hill Bev­er­ley Bul­let for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year for trainer David Grif­fiths and jockey David Al­lan.

Now an 11-year-old, the vet­eran had only run a week ago in Group Onen com­pany in the Nun­thorpe at York, and was not dis­graced in sixth.

Back in calmer Listed-race wa­ters, he was able to dom­i­nate through­out, de­spite be­ing drawn out wide in stall nine.

Early pace has al­ways been a fea­ture of his run­ning style and once he pinged out of the stalls to grab the rail ahead of Myth­maker, he was al­ways likely to take some peg­ging back.

The 3-1 joint-favourite was go­ing away again at the line and fended off Myth­maker to win by a length-and-a-quar­ter, with El­nadim Star mak­ing late head­way for third.

Owner-breeder An­drew Hol­lis said: “He’s one in a mil­lion.

“The Nun­thorpe didn’t take much out of him so that was in­cred­i­ble.

“He didn’t start run­ning un­til he’s four, which is why he’s been able to keep go­ing for so long.

“We’ll prob­a­bly go to New­bury now for the race he won last year and then we’ll prob­a­bly re­tire him. I couldn’t bring him back at 12. He doesn’t de­serve that as he’s done amaz­ing for us.

“We called him Take Cover be­cause when he was younger we all had to take cover from him be­cause he was very quirky.

“I’m al­ways ner­vous to watch him as he means so much to us. He’ll be so dif­fi­cult to re­place.”

Grif­fiths said: “To keep go­ing like he does, he’s ab­so­lutely un­be­liev­able.

“I’m just so proud of him. He’s in the Fly­ing Five at the Cur­ragh, which is a Group One now, and the Dubai World Tro­phy that he won at New­bury last year, the Group Three, and there’s Dun­dalk, where he has won the last twice. We’ve prob­a­bly got three op­tions be­fore the end of the year.”

On what ap­peared ear­lier in the week like it may be a low-key af­ter­noon, the favourite for next year’s 2000 Guineas and Derby emerged at Sandown on Satur­day as Too Darn Hot lived up to his name in Esher.

Trainer John Gos­den had been in­clined to keep the re­gally-bred colt to qui­eter com­pany af­ter his seven-length de­but suc­cess, but he opted to roll the dice by let­ting him take his chance in the 188Bet So­lario Stakes.

It is a race Gos­den has now won five times, in­clud­ing with the top- class Raven’s Pass and King­man, and just 12 months ago the sub­se­quent Derby and Ir­ish 2000 Guineas win­ners took part in Masar and Ro­man­ised, re­spec­tively.

Briefly, Frankie Det­tori looked in a spot of bother, but in his own words when “the turbo kicked in” the Group Three con­test was as good as over and he beat Royal As­cot win­ner Arthur Kitt by four lengths.

He is now as low as 5-1 for the Guineas and the Derby with Wil­liam Hill.

Det­tori said: “He’s Too Darn Hot, that’s for sure! I rode the mum (Dar Re Mi), I rode the dad (Dubawi), all his sib­lings, and while he’s still a work in progress, to put a good field to bed like that, you’ve got to be im­pressed.

“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. He’s got plenty of op­tions, we’ll have to see how he does in the win­ter, but, at the mo­ment, the world is his oys­ter.”

Take Cover means so much to us. He’ll be so dif­fi­cult to re­place. Owner-breeder An­drew Hol­lis on his Bev­er­ley Bul­let win­ner.

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