Too Darn Hot was cut to a best price of 7-4 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas after he ran out a dominant winner of the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
The beautifully-bred son of Dubawi, out of the top-class racemare Dar Re Mi, looked every inch a superstar in the making after winning his first three starts, with successive victories at Sandown followed by an impressive triumph in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
John Gosden’s youngster was an even-money favourite to maintain his unbeaten record on his Group One debut and ultimately got the job done in scintillating style.
Christmas, the outsider of three runners for Aidan O’Brien, ensured the pace was sound, with his stablemate Anthony Van Dyck and Martyn Meade’s Phoenix Stakes hero Advertise his two closest pursuers.
For a moment Too Darn Hot looked in trouble in behind, with Frankie Dettori having to get to work with over two furlongs to run.
Advertise and Anthony Van Dyck moved on, but once in clear daylight, Too Darn Hot fairly rocketed home and Dettori was even able to salute the crowd as he passed the post with two and three-quarter lengths in hand. It was the first time in his decorated career that he had won the race.
Advertise was a clear second.
“They went a good gallop but he was on the mettle and Frankie had to get him some cover, which he did nicely," Gosden said.
“He didn't look particularly happy on the ridges and going into the dip but once he hit the rising ground he took off and we really saw what he can do.
“He's such a brave horse, he gives one hundred per cent. His mother was a star and his father was a legend, so he's bred to do this.
“He's done remarkably well to go from a maiden to a Group 3 to a Group 2 and now to a Group 1 in just four starts, and he's got to come back for the 2,000 Guineas now.”
The winning trainer, who said he had thought that Advertise (runner-up) would run well, was pleased to see that come to fruition as it boosted the Coventry Stakes form of Too Darn Hot's stablemate Calyx, who hasn't been seen since his Royal Ascot success.
The Newmarket trainer was not ruling out what would be a mouthwatering clash between his two star juveniles in the spring.
Dettori said: "It's the first time he's been challenged, the first three races were non-events. He's learnt a lot. He's an amazing horse.
"Now we can dream for next year, he's done everything we've asked him to. He's bred in the purple, it's great for connections, and we're going to have a very sleepless winter."
Trainer Martyn Meade and jockey Oisin Murphy were both left dreaming of a Guineas rematch with Advertise, who went down fighting, although was eventually beaten two-and-three-quarter lengths.
Meade said: “I was thrilled to bits with him, but I was unsure beforehand if he’d get this seven furlongs and I think, talking to Oisin afterwards, he was running on towards the end.
“He lost his action a little bit in The Dip through immaturity, I think. But then he got going and I’m absolutely thrilled to bits with him.
“The winner is an exceptional horse, a more mature horse, and we have put up a good show. Oisin gave him a fantastic ride.”
Advertise, who had won three of his four races coming into this seven-furlong contest, was having his first run since landing the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
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Meade added: “There is no point in overdoing them, it obviously paid off to give him that couple of months off and I think that’s fine now – we’ll leave him ticking over and hopefully come back here for the Guineas, although I will obviously have to talk to the owners about it.
“In my view the winner is a mature horse and I think Advertise is a different type of horse to the winner.”
Murphy, who got a good tow into the race, despite an early lack of pace, said: “It was a brilliant run. I’m thrilled with him.
“In my pre-race interviews I genuinely felt I could win this race and we have just been unfortunate to be beaten by an exceptional horse.
“We didn’t go very fast and my horse relaxed great, and he certainly stayed the extra distance today. I hope he is a Guineas horse.”
The pair pulled three lengths clear of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck and his jockey Donnacha O’Brien, said: “It was grand. The race went fine for me. He ran well. I’m not disappointed.”
An easy winner of an eight-runner Listed race at Doncaster last time on only his second start, Sangarius showed improvement on his step up in class to finish fourth.
His trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, said: “We are very pleased. He’ll only progress. This is the first proper race he has had.”