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Ten Sovereigns takes over as 2000 Guineas favourite

20 Apr 2019

The unbeaten Aidan O'Brien-trained colt has taken over at the head of the betting after Too Darn Hot being ruled out.

Ten Sovereigns and Donnacha O’Brien after landing the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes. Picture: Steven Cargill/

Ten Sovereigns is the new favourite for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas after news Too Darn Hot has been ruled out of the colts’ Classic at Newmarket on May 4.

Too Darn Hot had headed the ante-post market for the first race in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series throughout the winter after going through his juvenile campaign unbeaten and being crowned champion European two-year-old.

However, he did not make the Greenham Stakes at Newbury because of a splint problem and Gosden had stressed he would not be rushed if he did not have the requisite time to have adequate preparation for Newmarket.

The champion trainer told the Racing Post he will look at either the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York on May 16 or the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh nine days later for the son of Dubawi, owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber.

Bookmakers reacted by removing Too Darn Hot from the betting and promoting the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns, the unbeaten winner of the Middle Park Stakes, to the front of the market at around 11-4, ahead of the Andre Fabre-trained Persian King.

Too Darn Hot remains favourite for the Investec Derby at 6-1.