How Too Darn Hot’s Retirement Has Impacted Ante Post Odds
Brilliant Sussex Stakes winner Too Darn Hot will not be seen on a racecourse again after suffering a hairline fracture to a hind cannon bone during that Glorious Goodwood contest.
The three-time Group 1 winner has been retired to Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket after undergoing surgery at the Equine Hospital over the weekend.
“Too Darn Hot has undergone emergency surgery to his right-hind cannon after x-rays revealed a hairline fracture,” said Simon Marsh, racing manager to owners, Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd-Webber.
“I am glad to say he has come safely through surgery. The injury is not life-threatening and he should make a full recovery.”
“His future now lies at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket where he will recuperate and stand at stud for the 2020 season.
“The Lloyd Webbers and I are very sad we won't see this champion on the racecourse again. He has given us all so much excitement in winning three Group 1 races over the last 12 months, culminating in his brilliant victory last week in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.”
What is Too Darn Hot Famous For?
Too Darn Hot will forever be remembered for his stunning two-year-old campaign that ended with an emphatic victory over subsequent Group 1 heroes Anthony Van Dyck and Advertise in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
That performance on the Rowley Mile led his rider, Frankie Dettori, to describe him as ‘an amazing horse’, and international handicappers concurred.
They awarded him a mark of 126 the following January, which equalled the one earned by the mighty Frankel after his juvenile season in 2010.
Frankie Dettori, who partnered the colt in all his nine starts, paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “Very sad news Too Darn Hot will not be racing again, he was a champion and I will miss riding him.”
Too Darn Hot was beaten on his first three runs as a three-year-old, but he turned his season around with top-flight successes in the Prix Jean Prat and Qatar Sussex Stakes, and races like the QEII and Prix Du Moulin were being touted as targets through the second half of the season.
However, trainer John Gosden was adamant the sharp mile at Santa Anita would have suited Too Darn Hot perfectly, and the colt was as short as 2/1 with some horse racing betting traders for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
However, a shake-up in that market means St James’s Palace Stakes winner Circus Maximus (top price 6/1) now heads what has become a wide-open betting heat.
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