John Gosden's Too Darn Hot holds entries for QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and Investec Derby
Too Darn Hot – last season’s two-year-old champion – has been included among the entries for this year’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and the Investec Derby.
The John Gosden-trained son of Dubawi, owned by Lord Lloyd Webber and undefeated in four starts, rounded off the 2018 campaign with an authoritative success in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.
He currently heads the Guineas (May 4) betting market as the 5/4 favourite, with stable-mate Calyx – not seen since triumphing in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last June – the 8/1 second favourite.
There are plenty other Headquarters-based colts among the 75 at this stage, but that does not include Charlie Appleby’s Group 1 National Stakes hero Quorto, who has been ruled out of the Classic through injury.
The Simon-Crisford trained Jash, who excelled himself on just his third career start to finish only half a length adrift of Ten Sovereigns in the Juddmonte Middle Park, is also among the contenders and is a 16/1 shot.
As with the 2,000 Guineas, Too Darn Hot (3/1) is also the market leader for The Epsom Derby on June 1.
He is among a 16-strong contingent for Gosden which also includes the likes of exciting maiden winners Baltic Song, Dubai Warrior, Humanitarian and Questionare.
The 2018 Derby-winning trainer Appleby, meanwhile, has had to withdraw Quorto again.
The current leading Newmarket interest in the 1,000 Guineas (May 5) is provided by Michael Bell’s Pretty Pollyanna.
The daughter of Oasis Dream was unable to live up to expectations in the top level bet365 Fillies’ Mile and Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes last year, but she did underline her Group 1 credentials by winning the Prix Morny Stakes.