Gosden to ‘work back’ from the Breeders’ Cup Mile for Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot and Frankie Dettori getting the better of Circus Maximus and Ryan Moore in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood yesterday. Photo: Mark Cranham/focusonracing.com

The red-hot pairing of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori combined to claim another high-profile G1 at Glorious Goodwood, the Qatar Sussex Stakes, and in doing so a fees-paid berth in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Come rain or shine in 2019, Frankie Dettori leaping off a John Gosden superstar is becoming a regular sight across the winner’s enclosures of Europe’s finest racecourse. And now it seems American fans might get a glimpse of that famous celebration after Too Darn Hot continued his resurgence to win the £1 million ($1.23m) feature.

Partnered by his in-form jockey, the beautifully-bred son of Dubawi had too much pace for his rivals as the much-maligned 3-year crop found a major representative to stand up to the elder statesmen of British racing.

Shock early-season losses had threatened to derail last year’s 2-year-old champion, but a patient ride by the sublime Italian allowed him to showcase his impressive turn-of-foot in the final furlongs of an evenly run renewal.

“He's got so much natural speed but still managed to get a mile. He deserved to win a proper Group 1 – we all thought he had it in him," said Dettori, who has won an astonishing 11 G1s since May 31.

The John Gosden-trained colt, who went off as an even-priced favourite, is now seemingly living up to the hype. His delighted trainer said in the aftermath that Too Darn Hot – who claimed his spot through the Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge – will look to emulate 2018 Sussex runner-up Expert Eye in winning the turf highlight, run this year at Santa Anita. A feat that only two British-trained horses have ever achieved.

"He's in the Haydock Sprint Cup and he'll be put in the sprint on Champions Day at Ascot,” the three-times champion trainer told Racing TV. "But, a race I'm really toying with in my mind is the Breeders' Cup Mile. It's an oval, flat track on quick ground.

"A good seven-furlong horse loves the mile there [Santa Anita] and that might just be the one to think about more than anything - I think we'll probably work back from that."

As part of the benefits from the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside North America to compete in the two-day event at Santa Anita on November 1-2.

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