Too Hot for Dewhurst rivals


The Dewhurst Stakes features on the card at Newmarket on Saturday, a Group 1 end-of-season test for the juveniles.

Few have impressed more than Too Darn Hot this term and John Gosden’s charge is expected to remain unbeaten.

Too Darn Hot, 3.00 Newmarket Saturday @ 1/1

We’ve seen a few boil overs in this race recently – including Expert Eye a year ago – but Too Darn Hot looks to have all the attributes to justify favouritism and ensure he’s the Guineas contender everyone talks about this winter.

He’s won all three starts so far and was most impressive last month in taking out the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster over this 7f trip. That race posed a big question, with the leaders setting off at a frenetic pace, seemingly keen to take Too Darn Hot from his comfort zone.

Frankie Dettori anchored him out the back and the Dubawi colt made short work of closing his rivals down from the two-furlong pole, readily moving clear and having the race in his keeping with a furlong to run.

It was a classy display and his Dewhurst rivals will have to go some to topple him if the same Too Darn Hot shows up on the Rowley Mile now.

Constant, 2.40 York Saturday @ 13/2

At York there appears some juice in the price of Rockingham Stakes contender Constant for trainer Karl Burke.

The Dutch Art colt opened his account at the second time of asking in a 7f Yarmouth novice in August and just failed to concede a penalty when second behind East at Hamilton last month.

That form wasn’t particularly stand-out at the time but it certainly reads well now, the winner having decisively won a Group 3 in France last weekend on his next start.

Ben Curtis and Constant look to hold strong claims on the Knavesmire as such.

Stars Over The Sea, 3.40 Newmarket Saturday @ 20/1

The Cesarewitch is always a thrill to watch at Newmarket, a big-field handicap that stretches across two counties before finishing up the Rowley Mile.

Jim Crowley could be in for an enjoyable afternoon on board Stars Over The Sea for trainer Ian Williams.

Formerly-trained in Ireland by Henry De Bromhead, he looked in need of the run on debut for this trainer at Newbury in July but has turned in three fine performances since. The most recent of those saw him bludgeon his rivals from the front to win the Cesarewitch Trial over C&D last month.

He may not get things all his own way here, but Stars Over The Sea could still be well-handicapped and remains unexposed over this sort of trip on the Flat. His price is perhaps underestimating the authority with which he won the trial by 10-lengths and he certainly enters each-way calculations.

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