Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas
|Group 1, Curragh 16:10
3yo only, 1m
|Saturday 25th May 2019|
@JohnGosden1 has revealed that TOO DARN HOT will keep his place in the @Tattersalls1766 Irish 2000 Guineas, pending a definitive answer later in the week.— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) May 21, 2019
How exciting would it be to see him take on QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia? pic.twitter.com/STj1rLa4A3
Too Darn Hot was forced to miss the Newmarket equivalent after a setback early in the spring, but made his reappearance at York last week.
Stepping up in trip to 10 furlongs in the Dante Stakes, John Gosden’s colt just failed to reel in Telecaster and while the Derby was ruled out, the St James’s Palace Stakes was nominated as his next target.
However, Gosden has now decided to leave Too Darn Hot in the Irish Classic and will make a final decision later in the week.
Simon Marsh, racing manager to his owner Lord Lloyd-Webber, said: “He’s come out of the race very well and is absolutely fine.
“John just felt we’d keep him in at this stage and then make a decision later in the week as to whether or not he’s actually going to run.
“I think York was a case of stamina – the way the race was run and I think at this stage in his career, he’s obviously going to be better over a mile.
“But I have no doubt that later on he will stay a mile and a quarter. Frankie (Dettori) was at pains to stress how keen and fresh he was.
“When he settles and has a few more races under his belt, ultimately he’ll be fine over a mile and a quarter.”
Too Darn Hot is among 16 left in contention for the Classic, with Aidan O’Brien having five possibles.
Paddy Twomey’s Decrpyt and Dermot Weld’s unbeaten Shelir add strength to the home defence.
William Haggas’ Craven winner Skardu, Charlie Hill’s Phoenix Of Spain, who was not beaten far by Magna Grecia as a juvenile, Kevin Ryan’s Emaraaty Ana and the Martyn Meade-trained Confiding are all in the mix.
Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1)
1m , Race Value: €400,000
16 remaining entries
Going: Good to Firm
|133-||Confiding 266||3||9-0||M Meade|
|21-1||Decrypt 35||3||9-0||P Twomey|
|1315-0||Emaraaty Ana 21||3||9-0||K A Ryan|
|04-5||Globe Theatre (USA) 62||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|5721-66||Guaranteed (IRE) 49||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|41-||Hillwalker 335||3||9-0||T Cleary|
|256-115||I Am Superman (IRE) 19||3||9-0||M O'Callaghan|
|121-1||Magna Grecia (IRE) 21||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|13417-2||Mohawk (IRE) 16||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|58160-7||North Wind (IRE) 35||3||9-0||D English|
|123-||Old Glory (IRE) 217||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|41122-||Phoenix Of Spain (IRE) 210||3||9-0||C Hills|
|11||Shelir (IRE) 19||3||9-0||D K Weld|
|1-13||Skardu 21||3||9-0||W J Haggas|
|1111-||Too Darn Hot 224||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|754-496||Van Beethoven (CAN) 56||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|