Could Too Darn Hot Really Go For The Irish 2,000 Guineas?

John Gosden's superstar Too Darn Hot is still a surprise entry in the Irish 2,000 Guineas after only racing in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York last week and with four days until the Group 1 contest it is unsure if the three year old will be officially entered.

Last seasons champion two year old did not have a great start to the season missing the planned 2,000 Guineas with a slight training setback in the spring but did return at the York Dante festival in what looked to be a preparation run for the Epsom Derby.

However, this did not go to plan with the previously unbeaten son of Dubawi not lasting the distance of 1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs in the Group 2 contest, giving indications that if going even further which would be needed for the Derby, he would have no chance.

He went on to finish second to Telecaster who looks primed for the Derby but after the race Gosden named the St James's Palace Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot as his next contest, bringing him back in trip off the back of his run at York.

(Credit Racing Post) However the trainer said on Tuesday: "Too Darn Hot will be left in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

"He's come out of the Dante in great shape and is a horse that likes to be doing things. A final decision will be made later in the week.

"He is a horse with a great constitution and he came out of the Dante a very fresh colt. I couldn't be more pleased with the way he came out of the race.

"It's been frustrating not being able to do what we wanted with him, having two weeks walking."

Frankie Dettori also offered his opinion on what the future may hold for the three year old and said: "Too Darn Hot is a very good horse and is blessed with so much speed. We tried to beat Telecaster but couldn't peg him back. Too Darn Hot was far too keen early and in the last furlong he couldn't bridge the gap."