Ten Sovereigns takes over as Guineas favourite as Too Darn Hot ruled out

Sat 20 Apr 2019

Ten Sovereigns is the new favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas following news Too Darn Hot has been ruled out of the colts’ Classic at Newmarket on May 4.

Too Darn Hot had headed the ante-post market throughout the winter after going through his juvenile campaign unbeaten and being crowned champion European two-year-old.

However, he did not make the Greenham Stakes at Newbury due to a splint problem and Gosden had stressed he would not be rushed if he did not have the requisite time to have an adequate preparation for Newmarket.

Gosden had spoken to Lydia Hislop about Too Darn Hot at Newmarket on Thursday

The Newmarket handler told the Racing Post he will look at either the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York on May 16 or the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh nine days later for the son of Dubawi, owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber.

"Although he's shown great improvement in the last nine days, Too Darn Hot will not be ready in time to run in the 2,000 Guineas," Gosden said.

"It's unfortunate but it's only two weeks away and that does not allow us sufficient time to get the required work into him.

"Consequently he'll miss Newmarket. The two races we have in mind now are both next month, the Dante Stakes at York and the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh."

The champion tainer, still seeking a first win in the 2,000 Guineas, had told Racing TV 48 hours earlier: “When you train for any race, let alone the Guineas, you need to have a clear run-in of at least two weeks. You cannot go there half on the backfoot, it doesn’t work.

“The key thing is to be making a decision two weeks ahead of the race. It’s fairer to everyone else who has runners in the race and fairer to the people trying to bet on the race.

“What you don’t want is someone oohing and aahing up to the 48-hour declaration stage – that’s no good to anyone. We’ll talk over weekend and make a decision one way or the other, and then move on.”

Bookmakers reacted by removing Too Darn Hot from the betting and promoting the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns, the unbeaten winner of the Middle Park Stakes, to the front of the market at around 11-4, ahead of the Andre Fabre-trained Persian King.

Too Darn Hot remains favourite for the Investec Derby at 6-1.

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