There’s every chance we saw a future Classic winner or two on Saturday as both Too Darn Hot and Ten Sovereigns looked extremely impressive in following up their maiden victories with Group 3 successes.
Ten Sovereigns is a son of the exciting first season sire No Nay Never and looks like a colt with a high cruising speed and rapid turn of foot – he has the Middle Park on his agenda next and will take some stopping.
Too Darn Hot is bred to get a good bit further than Ten Sovereigns on pedigree but he’s not a slow horse by any means and his four-length rout in the Solario Stakes yesterday was a fabulous performance that looks likely to rate higher on the figures than last year’s victor and future Derby winner Masar, or indeed than John Gosden’s last winner of the race Kingman in 2013.
Watch how Too Darn Hot won the Solario Stakes
By Dubawi out of the three-time Group One winner Dar Re Mi, Too Darn Hot is a brother of last week’s Galtres Stakes winner Lah Ti Dar (a Group winner in waiting) and the Group Three winner So Mi Dar and the fact he’s showing such a massive amount of ability at this stage of his career marks him down as potentially exceptional.
We won’t be seeing anything of that quality on the track today with the action coming from Brighton and over the jumps at Worcester, though there are a couple of Group races from Longchamp plus a Group One in Germany live on Racing UK this afternoon.
As for the selections, I’ve found three that are worthy of a small interest across the two domestic cards.
There’s clearly risks attached to backing a maiden who has had 12 starts, especially when towards the fore in the market but this looks the best opportunity yet for Jeopardy John to get off the mark.
Sunday’s contest represents a drop in grade to 0-65 company for the first time in his life and this does not look a strong race even within this grade so he should find this easier than previous assignments.
He has not run up to his best the past twice but he has run well on both previous visits to this track and a reproduction of those pieces of form, or his reappearance second to the subsequent improver Quick Breath, would give him a good chance here.
At a bigger price Invisible Storm is worth keeping an eye on with the drop in trip likely to suit.
Previous winner Miss Celestial is the one to beat here as she drops back in grade after contesting a Group Three in France and sports blinkers for the first time.
However, at the prices Tony Chestnut makes more appeal after a promising start to his career at Yarmouth 17 days ago.
As is often the case with maiden/novice races for juveniles at the track, that heat looked fairly warm and Tony Chestnut showed definite signs of ability amidst greenness and passed the line with more to give, having not been given a hard time.
The third horse from the race has since come out to win easily at Hamilton and I’m hoping a similar level of improvement from Peter Chapple-Hyam’s youngster might be enough to give the stable a second winner of the week.
A consistent performer on the Flat for Roger Varian, Talent To Amuse made a fine start to life over hurdles with a hat-trick of wins in the spring of 2017.
A subsequent fall on her handicap debut at Chepstow in October was followed by a lengthy absence but she ran well enough when returned to the Flat at the same track last month.
A typical tardy start from the stalls cost her any chance there but she looked in reasonable form and the way the last of her hurdles wins at Newton Abbot worked out suggests she’s on a fair mark back over jumps today.
The longer trip is an unknown but she stayed well on the level and there’s a chance it unlocks some improvement.
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