Qipco 2000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:35
£500,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Saturday 4th May 2019

23 January 2019

Too Darn Hot has been crowned the leading juvenile of 2018 following the publication of the European Two-Year-Old Classifications.

Too Darn Hot

John Gosden’s charge has been given a rating of 126, ranking him as the best two-year-old in Europe since Frankel shared top honours with Dream Ahead on the same mark in 2010. There has been no juvenile rated higher since Xaar in 1997.

Too Darn Hot finished the campaign unbeaten in four starts – culminating in Dewhurst Stakes success at Newmarket last October – and he leads what was a strong division in 2018, with no fewer than six horses rated at 118 or above.

The British Horseracing Authority’s lead two-year-old handicapper Graeme Smith said: “Too Darn Hot confirmed himself an outstanding juvenile in the Dewhurst, where he put some strong form lines firmly in the shade.

“The last three two-year-olds rated at his level went on to win 15 Group Ones between them – and in what promises to be an above-average Classic crop, he already sets a lofty standard with the potential of better still.”

Gosden has another juvenile in the top 10 in the shape of Coventry Stakes winner Calyx, who is rated 115 despite having his season limited to just two races within 11 days in June.

Quorto was also unbeaten in three starts for Charlie Appleby, with his crowning glory coming in the National Stakes at the Curragh in September.

He is rated 121, just 1lb ahead of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns – who was the leading Irish juvenile colt in 2018.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s two-year-old handicapper Mark Bird said: “Quorto put up the best performance by a juvenile in Ireland in 2018, following in the footsteps of his sire Dubawi in winning both the Bet365 Superlative Stakes and the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at two, and he rates just 1lb below his sire as a two-year-old on 121.

“The leading Irish-trained juvenile was Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns, who completed an unbeaten season with a defeat of Jash in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes and who ends the year on a rating of 120, which is 1lb ahead of the figure achieved by his sire No Nay Never at two.”

13 March 2019

Quorto, who had been 8-1 second favourite, will miss the race after suffering a setback in training in Dubai.

The unbeaten son of Dubawi was Godolphin's number one hope for the early Classics. He was last seen defeating the Aidan O'Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh last September.

Since then, Quorto had joined some of trainer Charlie Appleby's others stars at winter training camp at Marmoom Stables in Dubai in January, but he is now sidelined until at least the second half of the season.

Appleby, who landed a coveted first Derby in Godolphin's blue colours with Masar last year, revealed on Wednesday: "Unfortunately Quorto has suffered a soft tissue injury in training in Dubai which will mean he will have to miss the 2,000 Guineas.

"It's a real shame as we had high hopes for him this year. We'll know more when he's scanned for a second time in a couple of weeks."

Appleby added: "It's too early to say when he could be back in action but we've been here before with these injuries and we'll see how he recovers."

Before his victory in Ireland, Quorto had won a 7f novice stakes on his debut at Newmarket last June before following up in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes over the same course and distance the following month.

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Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
75 entries

Horse Age Weight Trainer
Advertise 3 9-0 M Meade
Albuquerque (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Almania (IRE) 3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute
Almashriq (USA) 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Almufti 3 9-0 H Palmer
Antagonize 3 9-0 B Smart
Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Arctic Sound 3 9-0 M Johnston
Azano 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Beatboxer (USA) 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Bell Rock 3 9-0 A M Balding
Boitron (FR) 3 9-0 R Hannon
Broome (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Calyx 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Chairmanoftheboard (IRE) 3 9-0 M R Channon
Circus Maximus (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Confiding 3 9-0 M Meade
Daarik (IRE) 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Dark Vision (IRE) 3 9-0 M Johnston
Deal A Dollar 3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute
Dubai Legacy (USA) 3 9-0 S bin Suroor
Duke Of Hazzard (FR) 3 9-0 P F I Cole
Emaraaty Ana 3 9-0 K A Ryan
Global Spectrum 3 9-0 Miss Gay Kelleway
Golden Jaguar (USA) 3 9-0 A Bin Harmash
Great Scot 3 9-0 Tom Dascombe
Guaranteed (IRE) 3 9-0 J S Bolger
Headman 3 9-0 R Charlton
Hello Youmzain (FR) 3 9-0 K A Ryan
Japan 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Jash (IRE) 3 9-0 S Crisford
Kadar (USA) 3 9-0 K R Burke
Kick On 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
King Of Change 3 9-0 R Hannon
Kuwait Currency (USA) 3 9-0 R Hannon
Line Of Duty (IRE) 3 9-0 C Appleby
Lord North (IRE) 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Madhmoon (IRE) 3 9-0 K Prendergast
Magic J (USA) 3 9-0 E F Vaughan
Magna Grecia (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Major Reward (IRE) 3 9-0 A Keatley
Marie's Diamond (IRE) 3 9-0 M Johnston
Mohaather 3 9-0 M P Tregoning
Mohawk (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Momkin (IRE) 3 9-0 R Charlton
Mount Everest (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Name The Wind 3 9-0 J Tate
No Nonsense 3 9-0 D R C Elsworth
Norway (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Persian King (IRE) 3 9-0 A Fabre
Phoenix Of Spain (IRE) 3 9-0 C Hills
Quorto (IRE) 3 9-0 C Appleby
Raakib Alhawa (IRE) 3 9-0 D M Simcock
Royal Marine (IRE) 3 9-0 S bin Suroor
Royal Meeting (IRE) 3 9-0 S bin Suroor
San Andreas (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Sangarius 3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute
Set Piece 3 9-0 H Palmer
Shine So Bright 3 9-0 A M Balding
Skardu 3 9-0 W J Haggas
Sporting Chance 3 9-0 S Crisford
Sydney Opera House 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Ten Sovereigns (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
The Irish Rover (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Thrilla In Manila 3 9-0 Richard Spencer
Too Darn Hot 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
Tracker Saga (IRE) 3 9-0 J S Bolger
U S S Michigan (USA) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Urban Icon 3 9-0 R Hannon
Van Beethoven (CAN) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Victory Command (IRE) 3 9-0 M Johnston
Walkinthesand (IRE) 3 9-0 R Hannon
Watan 3 9-0 R Hannon
Western Australia (IRE) 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
Zakouski 3 9-0 C Appleby