The impeccably-bred son of Dubawi out of multiple Group One-winning mare Dar Re Mi has showed enormous potential in winning each of his three starts to date, completing his hat-trick with a dominant display in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
The John Gosden-trained colt now tries his hand at the top level for the first time and is generally quoted at Evens.
“I am really looking forward to the Darley Dewhurst with Too Darn Hot – it’s the definitive two-year-old race and will again decide who is crowned champion two-year-old,” Gosden said at a recent media morning.
“It’s not often that a horse goes from a maiden to a Group Three to a Group Two like him but he’s a quick learner and is more precocious than the rest of the family. He did really well at Doncaster given that he was following a horse who turned out to be not right in himself.
“I am not surprised that he came to hand quickly because he is a very active, joyful horse, who has always been on the front foot and he just presented himself. He’s a happy, cheerful horse, which is helpful as they let you know when they are bouncing.”
The trainer added: “He’s a lot like So Mi Dar and he’s got a great turn of foot, but I’m not convinced that he will stay more than a mile and a quarter next year.
“He will do a little piece of work tomorrow (Saturday) morning but not a huge work as he is a fit horse, it’s just a matter of keeping him in the zone.
Watch how Too Darn Hot won the Solario Stakes
“Too Darn Hot’s favourite thing is eating. After he gets back to the yard this morning, if he does not get his feed pot within two minutes he will start stamping – he wants to eat!”
After ruling out Middle Park victor Ten Sovereigns, Aidan O’Brien has a team of three as he bids to win the race for the fourth year in a row and for the seventh time in all.
The Ballydoyle handler saddles Anthony Van Dyck, Christmas and Royal Lodge scorer Mohawk. They filled the first three places in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh in August.
Anthony Van Dyck is the shortest-priced of his trio, chalked up at 9-2.
The promising Sangarius, a 7-2 chance trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is unbeaten in two starts and now steps up markedly in class, while Martyn Meade’s Advertise, available at 8-1, is already a Group One winner having captured the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
“Advertise is in perfect health," Meade said. "He has had a bit of a break since the Phoenix Stakes and is ready to come back in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.
Advertise won the July Stakes before shining in Ireland
“Whatever he has done at home since the Phoenix has been perfectly pleasing, he has had no issues at all, touch wood, and will be better and stronger than ever come Saturday.”
“Unfortunately, the Dewhurst seems better and stronger than ever too – it’s a very hot race. It will certainly be no walk in the park but that doesn’t put us off.
“His preparation has gone totally according to plan – whether he is good enough, only time will tell.”
Richard Hannon’s Kuwait Currency, winner of the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury, completes the line-up.