Too Darn Hot earned its career back on track through a clear-cut championship during the Group One Prix Jean Prat held at Deauville.
The previous year’s victorious juvenile was undefeated for almost four races at two; however, that changed this season as it had not gone to the way it was planned causing a conflict with a splint that suddenly ruled him out of the 2000 Guineas prior to making his return over 10 furlongs in the Dante at York.
Even if the horse has not been disgraced for a few seconds, the connections were obvious and they felt as if the horse was making a trip then reappeared over a week later during the Irish Guineas, where Charlie Hills’ Phoenix of Spain defeated the horse.
As for the race in the Royal Ascot, he was outbattled by Circus Maximus and King Of Comedy which became the reason why John Gosden had to drop down from the trip again.
It was the first time for Prix Jean Prat to go over seven furlongs which attracted 12 runners but none was really at par with Too Darn Hot that added to the smooth flow of the race.
The hot heels of Enable’s Coral-Eclipse dominated an incredible Royal Ascot that had Frankie Dettori taking up a run through a furlong out for Too Darn Hot in which he held a couple of lengths overthrowing Space Blues by Charlie Appleby while the Richard Hannon-trained Fox Champion ended up in third.
On an interview, Gosden disclosed to Sky Sports Racing that they have finally got him over the correct trip with the seven furlongs.
For them, an easy flat mile would not be a problem. The struggle lies on running over an extended mile and a quarter and stiff miles as well. The horse was a fast two-year-old, and a champion at that as it has proven what he can achieve and do. With a quick ground, handling him well should not be an issue.
The team was thrilled with the colt. He even added that “finally the trainer and the racing manager have got it right and the horse has got us out of trouble.”
After all, he’s a beautiful and quick colt to have. If the intention is for the stallion purposes, they have done their best to stretch him out. It has always been an interrupted preparation for him.
During the Guineas run, the horse was lame which was why he was rushed to York then to Ireland. They have accomplished everything they need for the horse and they are sure out of trouble in the future.
Dettori mentioned that it felt great and they are pleased with the horse’s performance. He traveled great putting the race to bed and showing his old turn of foot. They are hopeful that the match will inspire the horse with so much confidence that’s about to indicate what is yet to come.
He has already dominated a Group One way back as a three-year-old which made the trainer delighted.
Dettori emerged victorious in the Prix de la Calonne – Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage with Joplin, a German-trained that left Ralph Beckett’s Di Fede in the third spot.
This wasn’t new anymore for the horse had a British success in the Prix Kistena with the good form of James Tate persevering with Far Above.
He snatched his impressive record after three wins in four outings through PJ McDonald.
The horse traveled too well that he could not go back enough for the coach according to him.
“By halfway he got his head down and once I switched to the outside, he was always going to win.”
While his victory was attained by a neck, it has been easier than what the margin would suggest.
To conclude, the trainer wrapped by that the bet is getting quicker and more matured, so it now lies on connections and what it plans to do.