Bullet star hailed ‘one in a million’
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.