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Some of the leading contenders for the 2019 Classics

Some of the leading contenders for the 2019 Classics

TOO DARN HOT – Trainer John Gosden

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Too Darn Hot – photo David Cormack, The Racing Forum

There is no doubt we saw a real star two year old in 2018 in the shape of TOO DARN HOT.

First seen out in a Sandown maiden at the beginning of August, Too Darn Hot trounced his rivals by seven lengths. He returned to the same track the following month where he was stepped up into Group 3 level. That proved no barrier and he was again a clear margin winner, beating the Chesham Stakes winner Arthur Kitt by four lengths.

Two weeks later he went to Doncaster for the Group 2 Champagne Stakes. This time he had runners from Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle stable to contend with as well as the promising colts Phoenix Of Spain and Dark Vision. Yet again Too Darn Hot answered the question set him in resounding fashion with a one and three uarter length win from Charlie Hills’ Phoenis Of Spain.

He rounded off the season at the highest level, tackling the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. He ran out an impressive winner that day, establishing himself as one of the best two year olds of the decade.

His trainer John Gosden feels he is likely to be best suited by a mile and he is currently 6/4 favourite for the 2,000 Guineas back at Newmarket. Definitely one for the very top of your 2019 classic shortlist. For more betting opportunities click here.

SKITTER SKATTER – Trainer Paddy Prendegast

Skitter Skatter started her racing career early, finishing third in a Dundalk maiden at the end of March. She stepped up considerably a couple of weeks later when beating Sergei Prokofiev at the same venue. Sergei Prokofiev was to frank that form several times during the season but Skitter Skatter didn’t need him to prove her worth, she did that herself.

Her next two races saw her placed in a Listed and Group 3 race but she then flowered spectacularly in the latter half of the season, winning her last three starts, culminating in an impressive two length win in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes. That race is a good guide, it’s been won by plenty top class fillies in the past, and she won with a bit in hand.

She has proven herself very speedy but she’ll need to stay to win the 1,000 Guineas at newmarket and connections are reasonably confident she will, citing the race as her premier target. She is sitting at 16/1 for that race and would prove a popular winner for the likeable Irish trainer were she to come over and plunder the prize for Ireland.

IRIDESSA – Trainer Joseph O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien rode Ruler Of The World to success on that future Derby winner’s debut back in 2013. Five years on he has trained Ruler Of The World’s daughter Iridessa to win the Group One Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Iridessa had raced three times prior to her Newmarket triumph, winning by four lengths on her debut at Killarney. Stepped up on class she found several too speedy over 7 furlongs at both the Curragh and Leopardstown. But, despite being beaten, she’d ran well on both occasions but, in teh face of stiff competition, she was allowed to start at 14/1  when travelling across the Irish Sea for the Group One Fillies’ Mile. In the race she was always travelling well and surged clear to win by a length and half at the line.

O’Brien’s skills as a trainer have been quickly established and his ability to target big races is already apparent. Whether or not this filly wins her trials next year, if she lines up at Epsom for the Oaks her racing style and pedigree suggest she should not be ignored. She is currently 16/1 favourite for the event. Follow for new casinos 2019 in the uk.

JAPAN – Trainer Aidan O’Brien

A full brother to Secret Gesture and Sir Isaac Newton, Japan made a highly encouraging start to his career by winning two of his three starts at two. A son of Galileo, out of the Danehill mare Shastye, Japan always looked like he’d be a better horse the longer trip he tackled and on his third and final start, the one mile Beresford Stakes, he needed every inch of the race distance to overhaul better fancied stable companion Mount Everest.

Prior to that he’d shown enough speed to win over seven furlongs at Listowel after a pleasing debut at the Curragh where he was down the field behind another stablemate Sydney Opera House.

O’Brien excels with middle distance horses and is adept at getting them ready early enough to be at their peak at Epsom on racing’s biggest day, Derby Day. Japan is currently a 20/1 shot for the big race but, unlike Quorto and Too Darn Hot who are both shorter than him in the betting market, he is a horse who looks all but certain to relish the mile and a half in racing’s most famous classic and, at the minute, it’d be hard to think of any who currently have better credentials.

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