Dubawi’s son Too Darn Hot has carried all before him in 2018 and on Tuesday, 13 November, his outstanding juvenile campaign was recognised when he won the Cartier Two-Year-Old award.
Too Darn Hot caught the eye from the moment he stepped onto the racecourse, breaking his maiden at the first time of asking – and by an astounding seven lengths – at Sandown.
Three weeks later, John Gosden’s charge returned to the Surrey course and posted another wide-margin win, this time in the G3 Solario Stakes, which was of course won previously by this year’s Derby hero Masar (New Approach).
Stepping up in class again on his next start, Too Darn Hot confirmed himself as one of the top colts of his year with a decisive victory in the G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Too Darn Hot’s finest hour to date came at the Dubai Future Champions Festival on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, where he simply ran away with the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Taking on a high-class field, he momentarily looked in trouble entering the infamous dip, but recovered superbly and won going away by two and three-quarter lengths.
Owned and bred by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, Too Darn Hot boasts an impeccable pedigree, being out of the G1-winning Singspiel mare Dar Re Mi. His full-sisters So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar are both G1-placed Stakes winners, with the latter finishing a gallant second in this year’s G1 St Leger. His yearling full brother became the world’s highest-priced yearling last month, selling at Tattersalls for 3.5 million guineas.
Dubawi has enjoyed, even by his own stellar standards, a superb year. He became the first ever UK-based sire to record 100 Group winners back in July, and now has 38 individual G1 winners to his name, including fellow unbeaten G1-winning two-year-old Quorto. His 16% Stakes winners and 11% Group winners ensure his position as one of the leading stallions in the world.
Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £250,000, Oct 1, SLF.