The Dewhurst takes place at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, one of the last opportunities to get a look at next season’s would-be Classic contenders strutting their stuff before the winter lockdown.
It appeals also as one more chance to see John Gosden’s next star in winning action.
Too Darn Hot, Newmarket 3.00 Saturday @ 1/1
This colt by Dubawi is certainly living up to his name, with three wins from three starts so far.
The most recent of those came last month in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster over this 7f trip and was, easily, his most impressive work yet. It was more than likely as good a juvenile effort as we’ve seen this year.
The front pair went off at a lightning-fast gallop, perhaps in an attempt to unsettle Too Darn Hot. Frankie Dettori sat out the back, some way off the pace, content to bide his time.
Once asked at the two-furlong pole, his mount smoothly closed down the leaders and quickly established a gap of his own. The race was won with a furlong to run.
Too Darn Hot should prove just that in the Dewhurst, he arguably should be a fair bit shorter in the betting.
Spiritofthegames, 3.35 Chepstow Saturday @ 5/1
Dan Skelton’s charge was a decent sort over hurdles (rated 139) and might be able to floor a couple of contenders from leading yards now going chasing for the first time.
Champion trainer Nicky Henderson has Monbeg Legend, who has made hay against limited opposition by winning three of four starts so far over fences, while Paul Nicholls saddles Master Tommytucker, winner of both starts in novice hurdles last term.
They are respected but Spiritofthegames shapes as if he’ll make a chaser and appears the value call in this Listed Novices’ race.
Constant, 2.40 York Saturday @ 13/2
A colt by Dutch Art, Karl Burke’s Constant is worth supporting in the Rockingham Stakes under Ben Curtis. He didn’t show a lot on debut at Hamilton in June but improved off a short break to win at Yarmouth second time out having stepped up to 7f.
He then went back to Scotland, dropped to 6f and finished a ½L second to East in a Novice Stakes when conceding a penalty and that form now reads rather well, with the winner having decisively won a Group 3 in France last weekend on his next start.
Constant has plenty scope for further improvement with that latest Hamilton second essentially another move in the right direction.