A field of seven colts are set to line up in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday with Too Darn Hot dominating the build-up.
Can John Gosden’s rising star continue his progress by landing the traditional end-of-term championship test for the juveniles?
Too Darn Hot – To win @ 1/1
He made it three from three last month when landing the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and it was impressive, despite being sent off a 4/11 favourite on the day.
The race developed into a strange tactical affair, with Cardini and Bye Bye Hong Kong setting off at a frantic pace, perhaps trying to undermine the favourite.
Frankie Dettori was anchored out the back early on but he made rapid progress with minimal fuss once desired and Too Darn Hot put the race away between the two-furlong pole and the furlong-marker.
It was a high-class performance from a colt with a burgeoning reputation and he is expected to rubber-stamp his Classic credentials for next season by adding this top-tier prize.
Sangarius – To win @ 10/3
The other unbeaten record in the line-up belongs to Sir Michael Stoute’s Kingman colt, Sangarius.
He has made a fine impression in recording wins here at Newmarket in August and at Doncaster last month, both over 7f. He has handled both good to firm and good to soft going, so conditions at Headquarters should be fine.
That success on Town Moor came in Listed company but there were still some signs of greenness amid a decisive winning effort.
There is no hiding the talent Ryan Moore’s mount should have, but this race might prove to be an invaluable lesson on his journey.
Advertise – Each-way @ 8/1
Aidan O’Brien sends National Stakes runner-up Anthony Van Dyck here, beaten by the impressive Quorto on home soil last month and, while he is respected, a chance is given instead to Advertise.
Martyn Meade’s runner has won three of his four starts so far, his only setback being a close and commendable second to Calyx in the Coventry at Royal Ascot in June.
A July Stakes win here at Newmarket followed, while he has since added the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes over in Ireland in August. All of his runs to date have been over 6f, but there’s every chance on paper that he will improve now meeting this longer journey.
Oisin Murphy is riding with supreme confidence right now and, at the prices, don’t discount Advertise from getting firmly in the mix in the Dewhurst.
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