Angus McNae's Thursday tips: Too Darn Hot is too darn good

By Angus McNae
Thu 6 Sep 2018

There is plenty of good action coming up on Racing UK this weekend and I am looking forward to being part of our coverage on Saturday.

I am particularly interested in seeing The Tin Man back in action in the 32Red Sprint Cup with Oisin Murphy on board.

He looks sure to run well, but whatever he does on Merseyside be assured that he will be a massive player in the Qipco Champions Sprint at Ascot in October.

It is interesting that Timeform’s three top-rated juveniles in Europe all have the same rating.

Too Darn Hot, Calyx and Pretty Pollyanna are all rated 118. Too Darn Hot and Calyx are rated as having improvement to come with a small "p", but just how fast can they run?

To analyse this it is best to look at their best Timeform Speed Figures.

These figures are as follows.

Too Darn Hot: 113

Pretty Pollyanna: 111

Calyx: 103

Watch video analysis of Too Darn Hot from James Willoughby and Angus McNae from The Verdict

These figures are concrete evidence of how fast these horses can run at the moment and leave me in no doubt that Too Darn Hot is the best-two-year old in Europe right now.

On to more prosaic matters and the action on Racing UK at Haydock and Salisbury on Thursday.

2.20 Salisbury - Beat Le Bon at a generally available Evens:

This horse posted a useful Timeform Speed Figure on his debut (94) at Newbury and can go one better.

In that Newbury contest he finished an excellent second to Momkin, beaten just a head and in turn was six lengths clear of the rest. He was sent off a 16-1 shot that day, seemingly unfancied, but there was no fluke in what he achieved.

He showed good tactical speed, travelled strongly throughout and ran on right through the line.

He has a host of Group One and Two entries and Oisin Murphy takes over in the saddle so compensation awaits.

3.10 Haydock - Waldstern at a generally available 4-5:

Closely related to the useful Waldgeist and a comfortable winner on his debut this son of Derby and Arc winner Sea The Stars promises to make up into a very useful staying three-year-old and can take this race in his stride.

He overcame inexperience to win on his debut at Newmarket, and was easily in charge in the latter stages of that race and ran on very strongly in accordance with his pedigree.

He cost 400,00gns as a yearling and is out of a very useful Monsun mare and he looks set to take this event before going onto much better things.

With that in mind he holds a Royal Lodge entry.

4.10 Haydock - Salateen at 9-2 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes:

This horse is in really good form judged on his latest two efforts at Chelmsford and a repetition of his latest effort behind Cenotaph will see him go very close.

Importantly for him he may well have a tactical advantage. He likes to lead and with only four rivals in the race he may well get his own way out in front.

When he is able to dominate he is always at his best and only Inshiraah threatens to go anywhere near the lead.

The rest of the field, while pretty useful, are generally ridden patiently.

He is a tough and genuine performer, who won at the course on his last visit and that was in a short field as well.

Salateen can dominate under Martin Harley. If nothing else, he is a back-to-lay proposition on the exchanges.

4.20 Salisbury - Firelight at 13-8 with Hills and Ladbrokes:

This Andrew Balding trained-filly is the standout on form and time and will take some beating.

She ran an excellent race in the Lowther Stakes at York behind Fairyland. She travelled well but got a far from smooth passage through the race and did really well to get as close as she did.

I would rate her as being two lengths or so closer to Fairyland, had she got out at the the two furlong pole.

She had won well on her two previous starts and has seemingly improved with every run this season.

That being the case and with more improvement on the cards she should be hard to beat in a race which is nowhere near as tough as the York contest.

5.10 Haydock - Multellie at 7-4 with BetVictor and SkyBet:

I hesitate to tip horses racing in Amateur Riders' races but have to make an exception in this case for Multellie, who shaped really well last time out and looks poised to strike.

His defeat at Hamilton last time out was his best performance of the season and in being beaten only narrowly he pulled well clear of the rest of the field.

He likes to dominate and at a track that suits such tactics I can see William Easterby bouncing out and making all and winning comfortable in a similar manner to his last win at Pontefract.

Multellie was well backed when he won that Pontefract race and I can see him being well supported here, so nabbing an early price may be the way to go.

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