Gosden Ready To Test Too Darn Hot's Speed

Gosden Ready To Test Too Darn Hot's Speed

Trainer John Gosden is targetting Sunday's Prix Jean Prat at Deauville for Too Darn Hot to bounce back, after his star colt has failed to score in three unique tests this season.

Last season's champion two-year-old has struggled for form this season, ever since returning to the frame when up in trip at York for the Dante.

He was outstayed by Hughie Morrison's Telecaster on the Knavesmire who never got involved in the Derby itself at Epsom, before quickly returning to a mile the following week in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The son of Dubawi was beaten by Charlie Hills's Phoenix Of Spain - a horse Too Darn Hot beat as a juvenile at Doncaster, before losing out to Circus Maximus in the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot a fortnight ago.

Two seconds and a third for his efforts this season, but Gosden will bring him back to seven for a trip to France this weekend - a distance he won over three times last year, including an emphatic display in the Dewhurst in October.

The Newmarket-trainer had an excellent day yesterday in Paris, with both Mehdaayih and Coronet correcting previous mistakes, and he believes this trip will now certainly suit Too Darn Hot to get back on the winning trail.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "Too Darn Hot worked very nicely yesterday morning and the plan is to go for the Prix Jean Prat. I think we've been running him beyond his trip. The stiff mile of the Curragh, the stiff mile of Ascot, and an extended mile and a quarter at York.

"I've made it very clear that I think we got it wrong with this horse this year and hopefully the straight seven furlongs will suit him, as I think an easy mile would.

"He's a very fast horse. He's quick and his best races were the Dewhurst and the Champagne Stakes and I think it’s about time we played to his strengths."

Planning for the future, Gosden highlighted the Prix Jacques Le Marois on August 11th as another potential trip outside Britain for the Lord Lloyd-Webber-owned colt.

That would be back over the mile distance, but the Deauville track is much easier and flexible in comparison to the layouts at both the Curragh and at Ascot.

Gosden - who won the Group One event with Kingman in 2014, added: "I'd still come over a mile at Deauville. He's basically very quick and Frankie says he's a speed horse.

"We got it wrong trying to stretch him out and we learnt the hard way.

"He had the race won at Ascot and ran out of stamina. But too much speed is no bad thing," he finished.