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Can Aidan O’Brien Stop Too Darn Hot & John Gosden?

Too Darn Hot has established himself as the horse to beat for the upcoming Flat season as a result of his excellence on the track last term. The bay colt reeled off four wins on the bounce, including a triumph at Newmarket in the Dewhurst Stakes.

There have been early comparisons between John Gosden’s charge and the legendary Frankel. However, he faces a challenge maintaining his winning form in his three-year-old campaign, beginning at the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Too Darn Hot has been backed as the odds-on favourite for the event; therefore, value is not going to be found with a punt on the bay colt. Ten Sovereigns will be one of the horses aiming to knock off Gosden’s charge, and he does have pedigree, so he could be worth backing with the best free bets available via the Racing Post. Value can be found with the Irish-bred horse, although he also has history on his side in a race where his trainer Aidan O’Brien has dominated.

No trainer has enjoyed greater success in the 2,000 Guineas than O’Brien. He has triumphed nine times, including in back-to-back seasons with Churchill and Saxon Warrior. O’Brien always seems to have a string of talented horses in his yard, and Ten Sovereigns appears to be his leading charge for the race at Newmarket.

The Irish-bred horse made his bow in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden in Curragh last season. He was a 5/1 shout for the win, and with Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle, he was able to secure victory by a dominant margin, finishing seven lengths ahead of the rest of the field.


The bookies took note of his performance on debut and installed him as the favourite for the John Sisk & Son Round Tower Stakes. Once again at Curragh, Ten Sovereigns was able to rise to the occasion, seeing off a challenge from Bruce Wayne to win the event. Donnacha O’Brien was composed at the reins, timing the surge of his charge to perfection to pull away down the final furlong to take his place in the winners’ enclosure.
He continued to add to his reputation in his final appearance of the campaign. Ten Sovereigns was the 8/13 odds-on favourite for the crown in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Aidan O’Brien’s charge was on form, finding his rhythm on the track. He took control of the six-furlong contest and was able to speed down the stretch to edge out Jash by half-a-length. Out of the rest of the competitors in the field, Ten Sovereigns is the horse to watch, although there are others with quality that can be tracked in the horse racing tips ahead of the event.

Calyx and Magna Grecia are also worth consideration out of the yards of Gosden and O’Brien, respectively. The two trainers are on a collision course at Newmarket, and although Gosden has the top talent, O’Brien will not be willing to relinquish his stranglehold over the race without a fierce battle.

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