Latest Horse Racing News (Week 1 September 2018)

Take Cover to choose from three options for next appearance

After winning the Beverly Bullet for the second consecutive year, Take Cover now has 3 prospective races to choose from for his next race. The 11-year-old is a part of the Flying Five, which recently got upgraded from Group Two to the top level and hence, Take Cover could attempt a Group One victory at the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes that is to take place at Curragh on September 15th. The other two races that connections are considering are the Dubai International Airport World Trophy, which Take Cover claimed victory of last year and the Mercury Stakes to take place at Dundalk, a title he won in 2015 as well as 2017. Trainer David Griffith opined that he is more drawn towards Curragh as a Group One victory would be amazing. But again, if Take Cover has a Group One victory in two weeks’ time, then an instant retirement would follow. The final decision will be declared after a discussion with the owner.

Too Darn Hot wins Solario Stakes


Too Darn Hot added another feather to his cap with his victory of the Solario Stakes at Sandown, yet again proving himself to be a formidable contender for the 2019 Flat racing’s Classics. This was the first time that the colt, under trainer John Gosden, raced over a mile. With jockey Frankie Dettori atop, Too Darn Hot showed signs of greenness in the early phases of the races but overtook Arthur Kitt within a few strides. He responded well to Dettori and beat the unbeaten Royal Ascot winner by a comfortable margin. Dettori said that though the colt was work in progress, Too Darn Hot’s name did perfect justiceto his performance. The jockey added that the horse had a lot of options open for him, all depending on his performance during the winter, but as of now, the world is his oyster. Too Darn Hot’s victory at Sandown resulted in him gaining almost 6-1favouritism for the Quipco 2000 Guineas to take place next year.


Jockey Club’s Triple Crown bonus set to take place again

The Jockey Club declared that its £1 million Triple Crown bonus has been renewed to take place during the 2018-2019 season. To take part in this jump race, which offers the largest prize money of its kind, challengers must be winners of the King George VI Chase, the Haydock Betfair Chase as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Besides the whopping amount as bonus, the Triple Crown race also offers the Kauto Star trophy, which is named to honour the great chaser who claimed victory of all the above three titles over the season of 2006-2007. Probable contenders for this Triple Crown are King George VI Chase winner Might Bite and Cheltenham Gold Cup champion, Native River.