Too Darn Hot Withdrawal Blows 2,000 Guineas Wide Open

Martin Green

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019 7:41 PM UTC

Ten Sovereigns is the new favourite for the upcoming 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket after heavily fancied superstar Too Darn Hot was withdrawn.

<p>John Gosden’s colt was named the best juvenile in Europe after winning all four starts in 2018. He was the heavy favourite to win the first Classic of the year and many felt he had the ability to go on and seize the Triple Crown. But he missed his intended seasonal reappearance with a leg injury and he has now been ruled out of the 2,000 Guineas too.</p><p>“Although he’s shown great improvement in the last nine days, Too Darn Hot will not be ready in time to run in the 2,000 Guineas,” said Gosden. The bookmakers responded by slashing the odds on Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns clinching the big race and he is now the 7/2 favourite with <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> and Betfair. He raced three times in 2018 and won on each occasion, culminating with a fine victory in the £275,000 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, a Group 1 contest that often yields superstars of the future.</p><p>Magna Grecia is now the 6/1 second favourite with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> and he has also secured victory at Group 1 level. Skardu is 13/2 with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a>, while Royal Marine is 7/1, Mohaather is 9/1 and Persian King is 10/1, along with the highly rated Calyx. The most popular choice right now among punters is Calyx, who is as low as 6/1 with some bookies but priced at 10/1 with smaller sites. Madhmoon is also proving popular among people looking for each-way value at 16/1.</p>
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