Quorto sidesteps Dewhurst clash with Too Darn Hot to wait for next season

By Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Wed 26 Sep 2018

Quorto is to be put away for the season following his victory in the National Stakes at the Curragh.

Godolphin’s exciting juvenile colt stretched his unbeaten record to three in the seven-furlong Group One earlier this month and will not take up his engagement in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

The son of Dubawi has reportedly come out of his latest race in good form, but trainer Charlie Appleby is already looking forward to the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

“He has done exceptionally well in his first season, winning his Group Two and Group One, and progressing all the time,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

“The 2000 Guineas has always been the long-term plan, and following discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we have decided to put him away for the year.”

This £500,000 seven furlong contest - the joint richest two-year-old Group Race in Europe – is still set to attract a glittering cast from a crop of juveniles which could be one of the best young generations to grace the British turf for some time.

Champagne Stakes winner Too Darn Hot is the 5-4 favourite, after he added to his two Sandown wins with a sparkling display at Doncaster last time.

Trainer John Gosden confirmed on Wednesday that the horse is an intended runner.

“Too Darn Hot is an intended runner in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on 13th October," he said.

“We have been pleased with him since he won the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and are very much looking forward to the Dewhurst.”

Meanwhile, plans have to be firmed up for Ghaiyyath, who won on his belated seasonal debut in the Group Three Prix du Prince d’Orange at Longchamp on Saturday.

“He took the race well, and I will now discuss the options with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed,” said Appleby.

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