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Martyn Meade gunning for Too Darn Hot rematch with Advertise

10 Apr 2019

Trainer believes his "great hope" for the year is a live contender for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Frankie Dettori and Advertise return to the winner’s enclosure after a victory at Newmarket. Picture:

Martyn Meade believes Advertise is a live contender to give him a first Classic triumph in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.

Advertise won the Group One Phoenix Stakes last summer and signed off by finishing a two-and-three-quarter-length runner-up to Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.

Meade says the son of Showcasing, who featured in our New Kids On The Block series this winter,  is capable of giving his old rival more to think about on May 4.

He said: “In the Dewhurst he was still an immature two-year-old, so I think he will definitely improve as a three-year-old – certainly physically. He looks a different horse, and he is our great hope.

“The Dewhurst was at the end of a long year for us, and in that race we were caught a bit flat-footed. We might not have won, but I wouldn’t have put us nearly three lengths behind.

“We are confident to take on (Too Darn Hot) in the 2000 Guineas, and I’m surprised (Advertise) is as far out in the betting as he is.”

He added: “We are not contemplating giving him a prep race, because we would like to keep him through the season and we don’t want to waste a race. We will start him off in the Guineas, and that is plenty early enough, but we might give him an away day first.”

Meade is also hopeful that Loving Glance may develop into a horse capable of contesting Champions Series races this year.

“Unfortunately, Loving Glance didn’t run as a two-year-old because she had a little bit of a setback – but she is a very nice horse,” he said. “Potentially she is one to watch. She is a big filly who I think will want a trip in time.”