Sussex Stakes winner Too Darn Hot retired after suffering career-ending injury

Too Darn Hot - Sussex Stakes

Too Darn Hot and Frankie Dettori win the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. The winner has since suffered a career-ending injury and has been retired to stud. (Pic: Courtesy of Goodwood Racecourse).

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TOO DARN HOT was on Monday retired due to a hairline fracture of a hind cannon bone he is believed to have suffered during his tenacious victory in the £1,059,250 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The three-time Group 1 winner is expected to make a full recovery but has been retired after undergoing surgery at Newmarket Equine Hospital and will commence stud duties in Newmarket next year.

“Too Darn Hot has undergone emergency surgery to his right-hind cannon after x-rays revealed a hairline fracture,” Simon Marsh, racing and bloodstock manager to owners Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber said.

“I’m glad to say he has come safely through surgery. The injury is not life threatening and he should make a full recovery.

“His future now lies at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket where he will recuperate and stand at stud for the 2020 season,” Marsh told the Racing Post.

Unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old, the John Gosden-trained colt was favourite for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas when withdrawn after failing to recover from an injury sustained in the lead-up to his intended comeback race in the Greenham Stakes in April.

The Lord-Lloyd Webber-owned son of Dubawi and the owner’s three-time Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, was second on his belated comeback in the Dante Stakes at York before finishing runner-up in the Irish 2000 Guineas and third in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Gosden’s charge returned to the winner’s enclosure when landing the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat over seven furlongs at Deauville on July 7 and delivered again when stepped back up to a mile in the Goodwood Group 1, scoring under a patient ride from Frankie Dettori.

“Too Darn Hot is very good,” Dettori said immediately after the Goodwood victory. “We had a smooth run to this race and his homework has been good, but my god he has so much speed – I can’t feel my arms at the moment. He is just blessed with so much natural speed.”

“He had a good run at this race today. He had been working well in the build-up to the race and we had him in the best shape we could have him.

“It was great to reverse the form of Ascot and the race worked out how we wanted. They tried to stretch my stamina today, but I just had too many guns for them.

“Too Darn Hot got the big one today that he really deserved. He has been unlucky for various reasons this year, but now he has showed his true colours and we are delighted.

“He is a wonderful horse with a wonderful pedigree and deserved a proper Group 1, which we all thought he had in him. I am so lucky that I work for Clarehaven [Stables]. We have an amazing team, it is a pleasurable place to work, and amazing horses trained by a genius of a trainer,” the in-form jockey continued.

“It’s not just [winning] Group 1s – look at the list of Group 1s that I have won [this year], they are absolutely amazing, mammoth races. King Georges, Eclipses and Gold Cups – they are proper Group 1s. I have had an amazing summer and long may it continue. Mr Gosden is the genius – he puts it on the plate for me and I am doing the rest.

“This is probably the best year I’ve had. I cannot say enough thanks to John Gosden. He is an amazing trainer with an amazing team and long may it continue.”

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