Too Darn Hot maintained his unbeaten record by pulling the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes out of the fire on the climb to the line at Newmarket.
Frankie Dettori's mount looked in a spot of bother in behind horses going into the dip but once switched out, the even-money favorite took off under Dettori to win the most prestigious juvenile event in Europe by a resounding two-and-a-quarter lengths.
It was a performance that had bookmakers running for cover as the Dubawi colt was immediately slashed into 6-4 to come back and win the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in May.
Too Darn Hot is out of the Singspiel mare Dar Re Mi, a three-time Group 1 winner in the Dubai Sheema Classic, Yorkshire Oaks, and Pretty Polly Stakes.
Winning trainer John Gosden said: “They went a good gallop but he was on the mettle and Frankie had to get him some cover, which he did nicely.
“He didn't look particularly happy on the ridges and going into the dip but once he hit the rising ground he took off and we really saw what he can do.
“He's such a brave horse, he gives one hundred per cent.
“His mother was a star and his father was a legend, so he's bred to do this.
“He's done remarkably well to go from a maiden to a Group 3 to a Group 2 and now to a Group 1 in just four starts, and he's got to come back for the 2,000 Guineas now.”
— Newmarket Racecourse (@NewmarketRace) October 13, 2018
The winning trainer, who said he had thought that Advertise (runner-up) would run well, was pleased to see that come to fruition as it boosted the Coventry Stakes form of Too Darn Hot's stablemate Calyx, who hasn't been seen since his Royal Ascot success.
The Newmarket trainer was not ruling out what would be a mouthwatering clash between his two star juveniles in the spring.
Frankie Dettori said: “It's the first time he's been challenged, the first three races were non-events. He's learnt a lot. He's an amazing horse. Now we can dream for next year, he's done everything we've asked him to. He's bred in the purple, it's great for connections, and we're going to have a very sleepless winter. “
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