Weekend Review – Gosden & O’Brien to the fore

September 3, 2018 News

Too Darn Hot is too darn good:

JOHN Gosden has another potential superstar on his hands in the form of Too Darn Hot who routed his rivals in the Solario Stakes on Saturday. Immaculately bred, by Dubawi out of multiple Group 1 winner Da Re Mi, the Frankie Dettori ridden colt marked himself as the cream of his crop with a devastating performance to win by 4L. Dettori was notably impressed by the performance post-race as he told the Racing Post; “I kept him going right up to the line because I suspect a Group 1 will be the next step, so I gave him as much experience as I could. Too Darn Hot has put a very good field to bed in impressive fashion. We know he can stay a mile but he also today showed speed over seven. He had the race won by the furlong and a half. That’s not an indication the horse is slow.”

The Lord Lloyd-Webber owned colt has both the Dewhurst and the Racing Post Trophy as potential end of season targets.

Veracious gets back to winning ways:

The Sir Michael Stoute trained Veracious took full advantage of a step down in class to land the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes. Ridden by Ryan Moore, the Cheveley Park owned filly had finished third in two Group 1s prior to winning at the weekend. However, it won’t be long before she’s back contesting at the highest level although rematch with her Coronation Stakes conqueror, Alpha Centauri, seems unlikely according to Chris Richardson. “The race didn’t really go as Ryan would have wished today, there wasn’t really a great deal of pace and Veracious wasn’t really comfortable, but she proved she’s a class act. Next year she could be very exciting. We have to avoid a certain filly which makes the Matron unlikely. We certainly hold her in that grade.”

Stellar day for the O’Brien’s at the Curragh:

It was one-way traffic at the Curragh on Saturday, at least if your surname was O’Brien. Donnacha rode the first three winners of the day, Sydney Opera House (5/4f) and Just Wonderful (7/4f) for his father, Aidan, and Perfect Tapatino (7/4f) for his brother, Joseph. Ten Sovereigns (1/3f) took the Round Tower Stakes in great style to give Donnacha his fourth winner of the day. Aidan’s fourth winner of the day wasn’t too far behind as Kenya (20/1) romped home in the Irish Cambridgeshire under Seamie Heffernan. I’m So Fancy (4/1) won the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes for Jessica Harrington, while Urban Beat (4/1f) won the concluding race for Johnny Murtagh.