TOO DARN HOT, last year’s Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and European Champion Two-Year-Old, bounced back to winning ways in sizzling style on Sunday in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville. Trainer John Gosden and owners Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, who bred the star colt at their Watership Down Stud in Berkshire from the operation’s most high-profile family, had until this point endured a frustrating season with the colt, unable to find his optimum trip.
Following Sunday’s win over 7 furlongs, owner-breeder Lady Lloyd Webber told At The Races: “He did that fantastically well over his perfect distance, perfect ground… We’re back on track, we’re not scratching our heads. We’ve got his perfect distance, he’s a speed horse through and through.”
Too Darn Hot was fancied for the Investec Derby earlier in the season but failed to stay in the Dante at York.
He then came second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas before finishing third in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She did, however, say Too Darn Hot wil target some of the big horse racing events later in the season and cited the Group 1 Sussex Stakes as a possible target for the immediate future.
When asked about the horse’s ideal distance, Gosden commented: “We finally got him over the correct trip: 1400m, 7 furlongs, an easy flat mile – no problem.”
The son of Dalham Hall’s DUBAWI is out of broodmare DAR RE MI (GB), herself a Watership Down homebred who won Gr.1 races in Britain, Ireland and Dubai and has since become the stud’s flag-bearer. Her offspring so far include LAH TI DAR (GB), the runner-up in last year’s St Leger and winner of this year’s Group 2 Middleton Stakes, and Gr.3 winner SO MI DAR (GB).
Asked what it means to be the owner-breeder of the dual Group 1 winner, Lloyd-Webber continued: ‘It’s utterly incredible. We had the longest winter waiting for his three-year-old year and it’s been the longest spring to try and get his nose in front and it’s just such an excitement and so thrilling that he’s finally done it.”
The full-brother to Too Darn Hot became the most expensive yearling sold at auction last year when knocked down to David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing for 3.5million guineas at Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale Book 1.
It was agreed last November that Too Darn Hot will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at the end of his racing career.