IT may be too darn late for his ante-post backers but last season’s top juvenile can land a 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh (3.35).
Sadly for his many supporters TOO DARN HOT missed the Newmarket race three weeks ago after a setback but he can gain some sort of compensation in the Irish version.
He returned in the Dante at York last week with worries about his fitness and his stamina. In the circumstances he ran a blinder to be second to Telecaster, showing his trademark mid-race burst of acceleration to get close to the always handy winner before being unable to find any extra.
The drop back to a mile looks sensible for now although it is easy to imagine him later on following a similar path to the one former stablemate Roaring Lion trod so successfully last season.
He has not had long to recover from his exertions on the Knavesmire but trainer John Gosden would not be risking him unless he was sure the colt was back to his brilliant best.
In his absence Magna Grecia took the Newmarket Classic and he is likely to provide the main opposition now.
He won well enough but he travelled in a small group close to the stand rail accompanied by the longshot who finished second.
He has to prove he was not flattered. Connections of the third, Skardu, clearly feel he might have been as they are trying for revenge.
Charlie Hills’ Phoenix Of Spain is the other British raider and he has a squeak on two-year-old form but his lack of a race may prove telling.
A better each-way bet might be Decrypt, who was very impressive last time at Cork when he laughed at a runner-up with a mark of 94.
There is no telling how good Decrypt might be and trainer Paddy Twomey nominated this race as the target straight away. He would be a shorter price if he was with a bigger trainer.
Closer to home there is an attractive wager in the opener at Haydock (2.15), where EDEN ROSE can continue to blossom in her career as a two-miler.
She is two from two at the trip and always had plenty in hand when winning another Class 2 handicap last time at Kempton.
Her 5lb rise could well underestimate the progress she is making and there is no reason to think she will not transfer the improvement from Polytrack to good fast ground on turf.
The race should be run at a decent pace with the likes of My Reward and Watersmeet in the line-up. Lucky Deal can be forgiven for his flop in the Chester Cup mudbath and is a player on his earlier Ripon second.
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Pirate King shaped well on his return and is fairly handicapped although he has to prove his stamina.
The Listed Festival Stakes gets proceedings under way at Goodwood and EXTRA ELUSIVE (1.55) has plenty going for him.
He chased home all-weather ace Mootasadir at Kempton in March before running as well as he ever has when third to top-class Crystal Ocean in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, with the re-opposng Fabricate and Thundering Blue behind.
Roger Charlton’s four-year-old is more lightly-raced than that pair and should confirm the form. The run can probably be marked up a little as the stable were struggling for winners at the time whereas they are in much better fettle now.
Elarqam was a Classic hope this time last year but has proved a little disappointing. His reappearance effort was fair but questions remain. Willie John‘s return was even worse and he is best watched for now while Vintager has yet to prove he stays a mile and a quarter.
In the 4.55 PADDY POWER can bash the bookies – all of them, not just his namesake! Richard Fahey’s sprinter has been in good form of late, winning two runs ago at Thirsk and then finishing fourth at the same track last week.
That form is much better than it reads though as the first three were all on the far side, which was very much the place to be on the day.
I spy an eyecatcher…
John Gosden holds a strong hand in staying fillies with two strong Oaks fancies in Mehdaayih and Anapurna and he looks to have another with bags of potential in TEREBELLUM who made a sparkling debut at Goodwood on Thursday in the 1m2f maiden.
She breezed clear of a decent field and this Sea The Stars filly is definitely one for the notebook.
The trainer may well also have the best three-year-old miler in Too Darn Hot but later on Thursday KING OF COMEDY took a quality renewal of Sandown’s Heron Stakes in great style.
He may not be far behind his illustrious stablemate. The Kingman colt was a handful before the race and Frankie Dettori had to lead him to the start so he clearly has a bit to learn.
But he has some very good teachers and those who follow King Of Comedy may find themselves laughing all the way to the bank!
Paddy Power ‘won’ his race on the stands’ side and runs off the same mark of 79. He has won off higher in the past so clearly has plenty going for him.
Shamshon is better at the minimum while course winners Boy In The Bar and Englishman have shown little of late.
On a day that is crammed with quality racing there is another cracking card at York and DANCING STAR can hog the limelight in the 2.00.
Andrew Balding’s mare bashed her head in the stalls at Lingfield and was slowly away last time so the run should be ignored but her form when stepped up to this seven furlong-trip last summer reads well.
She was just foiled by high-class Pretty Baby in a Group 3 at Goodwood before landing the Sceptre Stakes, also a Group 3, at the St Leger meeting at Donny.
She is well handicapped on those efforts and her Stewards’ Cup success of 2017.
So Beloved, who was just pipped in this last year, and Cardsharp are probably the biggest dangers.