Too Darn Hot, strong ante-post favourite for next season’s 2,000 Guineas, remains on course to attempt to win his first Group 1 contest in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes on October 13.
An impressive winner of both the Solario Stakes and Champagne Stakes this term, the progressive Dubawi colt is reported in ‘great form’ by handler John Gosden who believes Too Darn Hot can take the jump up in class in his stride.
‘It’s not like me to take a horse from a maiden to a Group Three to a Group Two. I don’t normally do that kind of thing with two-year-olds. I go quietly along, but he’s a well-bred horse,’ Gosden told At The Races.
‘He’s put himself forward, he’s up for the game. He’s exciting. It’s a leap in class every time but we couldn’t be happier with him as he’s a very together horse.
‘He’ll pick up and do a little piece of work next week, a couple of bits, and then hopefully on to the Dewhurst.
‘We couldn’t be happier with him. He’s got a high cruising speed and a great turn of foot.’
In contrast, exciting Irish juvenile prospect Madhmoon will not run again this season and will embark on a winter break unbeaten in two starts.