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Sunday 19 May 2019

Gosden still to decide on Too Darn Hot for opening Classic

EXCITING: Too Darn Hot is still not confirmed for the 2,000 Guineas
EXCITING: Too Darn Hot is still not confirmed for the 2,000 Guineas

One of the most exciting horses for this coming Flat season, Too Darn Hot, is far from a confirmed runner for the opening Classic of the season at Newmarket next month.

John Gosden was forced to rule out the colt from the Greenham Stakes at Newbury at the weekend and although the three-year-old is very much going in the right direction in terms of his recovery Gosden expressed his concern at the timeline involved for Too Darn Hot to make the 2,000 Guineas in tip-top shape.

Speaking at Newmarket yesterday, where Gosden won the Feilden Stakes with Kick On, the trainer suggest a further update on Too Darn Hot will be released early next week.

"He's fine and coming along the right way. We're going to make a decision, probably, just after the weekend," the trainer said.

"The heat is pretty well out of it altogether now, but I just want to be content that I've got the two clear weeks in which to bring him up to the race (2000 Guineas).

"I'll be consulting with the owners. I'm very much hoping he will run at this stage.

"I think the decision needs to be left until just after the weekend and then we'll know exactly where we stand."

Meanwhile, with no racing in Ireland on Good Friday, Dundalk switch to Wednesday this week and Aidan O'Brien will send out his second two-year-old runner of the campaign when King Neptune starts in the opening race.

The son of War Front will attract plenty of interest but YESTERDAYONCEMORE (5.45, Dundalk) might be able to take the honours here with a run under her belt for Fozzy Stack.

Official ratings would suggest that Hathiq and Kasbah are well matched in the claimer but KASBAH (6.45, Dundalk) has ran well recently and can continue Aido McGuinness' fine run of form under former champion jockey Colin Keane.

SHARJAH (8.45, Dundalk) has been busy recently but stepping up to a mile and half can yield success for the Slattery's.

Earlier on the card WILL BE KING (6.15, Dundalk) and SILK CRAVAT (7.15, Dundalk) both hold decent claims.

CRONIN'S CHOICE

Dundalk today

5.45 Yesterdayoncemore

6.15 Will Be King

6.45 Kasbah

7.15 Silk Cravat

7.45 Tennesse Waltz

8.15 Mallacoota

8.45 Sharjah

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