Too Darn Hot Heads Most Competitive Dante For Years

The champion two year old Too Darn Hot heads the eight entries for the Group 2 Dante Stakes on Thursday with this seasons renewal the most competitive for many years.

The John Gosden trained colt was superb last season being unbeaten on all four of his starts including when he went on to take the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on his final outing.

He missed what was supposed to be his seasonal return in the 2,000 Guineas where was 6/4 favourite but was pulled out with a training setback.

The Group 2 contest on Thursday looks set to shape how the Investec Derby betting market may look coming closer to the race with many of the entries heading to Epsom for the Classic on June 1st.

The Dante is over 1 mile 2f which will se Too Darn Hot step up in trip to this distance for the first time with all eyes on the Andrew Lloyd Webber owned three year old to see if has improved now being more mature and coming back for his seasonal debut after the winter break.

What makes this contest competitive is the other competitors in the field and second favourite Japan for trainer Aidan O'Brien is another star on show.

He finished the season with two nice wins especially his last outing when landing the Group 2 Beresford stakes at Naas over a mile.

He is another runner stepping up in trip but this son of Galileo was bought for 1,300,000 Guineas in mind for going on to be a Derby winner and all roads lead to that this year.

Godolphin only field the one runner, who could be another potential option for the Derby, with Line Of Duty. This three year old has a great record in his five races to date finishing runner up in his first two outings and then landing a hat-trick in his other three.

He heads into this contest off the back of his final two year old win in the Group 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf in the USA and his pedigree suggested he will also enjoy the step up in trip.

Novice winners Surfman and Telecaster are stepping up for there first test at Group level for trainers Roger Varian and Hughie Morrison, whilst Almania, Nayef Road and Turgenev complete the line-up.

Dante Stakes runners and riders

1. Almania - Jim Crowley - 20/1
2. Japan - Ryan Moore - 4/1
3. Line Of Duty - James Doyle - 7/1
4. Nayef Road - Silvestre de Sousa - 25/1
5. Surfman - Andrea Atzeni - 5/1
6. Telecaster - Oisin Murphy - 6/1
7. Too Darn Hot - Frankie Dettori -11/8
8. Turgenev - Kieran O'Neill - 33/1

Free Bets & Offers

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
💚 Bet £10 on racing, get £40 racing bonus 💚
New customers only. 18+, Min deposit £10. Once your £10 qualifying bet is settled £40 Racing bonus will be triggered. Wagering requirements: Racing 1x, odds of 2.00 minimum (1/1) for each bet placed. £10 Casino Bonus, 35x. Only one bonus can be used at a time. Racing bonus must be wagered before using the Casino bonus, unless the Racing bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for us upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10, Get £20 In Free Bets
New members only. £10 min deposit and bet, placed and settled at 1.50 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Awarded as 2x non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens. Valid for 14 days. Sportsbook only. Click for full rules.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
New customers only. Sportsbook bets only, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). Refunds are awarded as CASH, up to a max of £20 . Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal are eligible. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £40 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via credit/debit card and bet ¤5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types @ odds 2.0+ & a £20 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographic restrictions apply; T&C's Apply | 18+ | | Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.