Qipco 2000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket 15:35
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.
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.”
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.
Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Western Australia (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|