There was much hype ahead of Too Darn Hot’s appearance in Saturday’s G3 Solario Stakes at Sandown, and the latest member of the Dubawi/ Dar Re Mi dynasty certainly didn’t disappoint as he stormed to a four-length victory.
This was the race won last year by Masar (New Approach), who of course went on to take this year’s Derby at Epsom, so little surprise that Too Darn Hot is now a firm favourite to take the 2019 Blue Riband.
Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s homebred becomes the third Black Type winner by Dubawi out of Singspiel’s multiple G1 winner Dar Re Mi, following So Mi Dar (winner of the Musidora and third in the G1 Prix l’Opera) and the unbeaten Lah Ti Dar, who was so impressive when she hacked up in the Galtres Stakes at York last month.
Dubawi's Group winners were not limited to the UK at the weekend, as Ball Of Muscle added a fourth Stakes win and tenth win overall to his record when landing the G3 Heath Stakes at Caulfield in Australia.
Also in Australia, Teofilo’s superb flagbearer Humidor added a third victory at the highest level to his CV when flying home late to win the first G1 contest of the season at Caulfield, the seven-furlong Memsie Stakes.
Humidor has now won G1 races from seven to 10 furlongs and was just a neck behind Street Cry’s superstar mare Winx in last year’s Cox Plate, which is his next intended target.
Teofilo is also sire of fellow Australian G1 winner Happy Clapper this year, while his exciting son Cross Counter (pictured) will also be heading to the southern hemisphere shortly to prepare for the Melbourne Cup.
First-season sire Slade Power recorded his first Group performer in fine style on Saturday, 1 September when exciting colt Bruce Wayne took second in the competitive G3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh. Despite this being just his second start, he found only the odds-on favourite Ten Sovereigns too good and was well clear of the rest of the field.
Also on Saturday, Slade Power added a new winner when Jack’s Point successfully took on several previous winners at Chelmsford.
The sales action moved to Doncaster last week and saw some strong results for the Darley stallions with their first yearlings on offer.
Brazen Beau, such a success with his first Australian yearlings, saw his daughter out of Royal Blush go to Howson & Houldsworth for an even £100,000.
The following day, Shadwell went to £90,000 to secure his colt out of Eclaircie, from the family of Gold Away.
Outstrip also has his first yearlings selling now and his highest price of the sale was £65,000, given by Ger Lyons for his smart-looking colt out of Miss Vendome (pictured). This is an impressive 13 times his covering fee of £5,000.