Too Darn Hot is the clear favourite to triumph in the upcoming 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket after enjoying an unbeaten two-year-old campaign.
<p>That saw the colt establish himself as the most exciting young racehorse in Britain and he is the ante post favourite for all three Classics in 2019. No horse has pulled of the Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970, but there is a great deal of hype surrounding Too Darn Hot. He won all four races last year, culminating with a fine victory at the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes, Britain’s most prestigious contest for juveniles.</p><p>Fans are desperate to see Too Darn Hot back in action. He was due to make his seasonal reappearance at Newbury in April, but trainer John Gosden had to withdraw him as a result of a minor leg injury. Now he will go straight into the first Classic of the year, the 2,000 Guineas. It takes place at Newmarket on Saturday, May 4, as the centrepiece of the eagerly anticipated Guineas Festival. The 2,000 Guineas will be the first Group 1 race of the year and it will signal that the new flat season is truly.</p><h2>2,000 Guineas betting odds</h2><p>Too Darn Hot was the odds-on favourite with several bookmakers to win the 2,000 Guineas before he was pulled out of the Newbury meeting. Yet that looks to be just a minor injury and he should be raring to go by the time the Guineas Festival rolls around. Nevertheless, he has drifted out to 5/4 with Ladbrokes to win the 2,000 Guineas, while the odds on his closest competitors have all gone in. Ten Sovereigns is now best priced at 7/1 with Bet365, while Zakouski is 8/1, Magna Grecia is 11/1 and Calyx is 12/1.</p><p>Godolphin’s number one hope, Quorto, is out of the race after suffering a setback while training in Dubai. That has greatly boosted Too Darn Hot’s chances of success, and he has the pace to see off the threat posed by the likes of Calyx and Ten Sovereigns.</p><h2>The best juvenile ever?</h2><p>Legendary jockey Frankie Detorri has described Too Darn Hot as the best juvenile he has ever ridden. That is high praise indeed, given the length of the Italian’s career and the calibre of rides he has enjoyed. Detorri believes Too Darn Hot can go from strength to strength this year. “He feels like he’s matured over the winter,” he said. “He’s full of himself, and I’m looking forward to Saturday. He’s filled out, matured and grown a little bit – he’s developed nicely. I’m as excited as the general public about it. When you have the champion two-year-old making his first start at three, it’s very exciting.”</p><p>Too Darn Hot is as low as 5/2 with some leading bookmakers to win The Derby, but Betfair has a market leading 5/1. You can also find 14/1 at Unibet on him to win the St Leger, and if he pulls off the Triple Crown he will go as a true legend of the sport.</p>