Saturday’s Dewhurst Stakes betting preview: Latest runners, riders, odds and trainer quotes for the final field
SATURDAY serves up a red hot Dewhurst as Too Darn Hot puts his unbeaten record on the line.
With the likes of Sangarius and Anthony Van Dyck on the prowl we’re in for a weekend treat.
1. Advertise – Martyn Meade/Oisin Murphy (7-1)
A Group 1 winner last time out, going off at this price shows you how strong this race is.
He’s only been beaten in one of his four starts, when second to Calyx at Royal Ascot.
Connections remain very sweet on this horse, and rightly so. He’s a tad fresher than most of is rivals too.
Martyn Meade on Advertise
“It was always the plan to wait for the Dewhurst after the Phoenix, I just thought the little break would do him good.
“He’d had four runs anyway, he couldn’t have had a better preparation as far as I’m concerned. It’s all gone according to plan – apart from the entries of the other good horses, that’s the annoying bit!
“I don’t know if he’s going there as the forgotten horse, he certainly hasn’t been forgotten in my book.
“It’s quite extraordinary that he barely gets talked about, because he won the Newmarket race (July Stakes) pretty easily and if he’d been drawn on the same side as Calyx and known he had to race against him he may have beaten him, too.
“I think he’s a bit undervalued at the moment, personally, but there we go.”
2. Anthony Van Dyck – Aidan O’Brien/Donnacha O’Brien (4-1)
Officially rated 3lbs superior to Too Darn Hot and only beaten by Quorto since his debut.
Another serious player in this race and O’Brien’s youngsters have really taken a step forward in the last month or so.
Could still yet prove better than his second in the National Stakes and more experienced than a few of his rivals.
Aidan O’Brien on Anthony Van Dyck
“He’s been in good form since the Curragh. We’ve been happy with him since then.
“We think he is getting better and progressing with every run. We think he has come forward nicely from the Curragh.”
3. Christmas – Aidan O’Brien/Seamie Heffernan (33-1)
Third in the National Stakes behind Quorto and Anthony Van Dyck in the National Stakes but was well held.
Probably wouldn’t be this price in a standard Group 1, but this has plenty of depth to it and it would be a shock if he was up to winning.
Would need a couple to run below par to figure.
4. Kuwait Currency – Richard Hannon/Tom Marquand (40-1)
Listed winner at Salisbury but in much, much deeper here.
Worth a crack in a race like this with the season drawing to a close, but you have to think connections would be happy with a top five finish.
Hard to give much of a sniff to.
Richard Hannon on Kuwait Currency
“Kuwait Currency has done very well since he won the Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. The drop back to seven furlongs shouldn’t bother him and if they get a bit of rain that might help, though fast ground on that nice straight course ought to be fine for him anyway.
“The opposition looks pretty good – it’s a very hot race. This edition of the Dewhurst will probably be the best two-year-old race run anywhere this year.
“Kuwait Currency is a Listed winner who, apart from his debut, has been very impressive, so he’s worthy of a place in the field all right. Having said that, if he finishes placed we will be delighted.”
5. Mohawk – Aidan O’Brien/Wayne Lordan (20-1)
The last of the Ballydoyle trio. Improved last time to win a Group 2 over a mile here.
Not sure the drop down to seven will suit him, but again, worth a shot in a small field.
Can’t rule out, but would need a few to be off their A-game.
Aidan O’Brien on Mohawk
He’s in good form. He’s back to seven again, but he came out of the last run well and he likes a nice bit of ground.”
6. Sangarius – Sir Michael Stoute/William Buick (3-1)
Two from two and you can’t knock what he’s done so far. Surprised to see him so short on pure form but has created a good impression.
Stoute doesn’t throw his juveniles in the deep end without substance and that could be telling.
Completely unexposed and hugely interesting off the back of his commanding Doncaster win.
Teddy Grimthorpe on Sangarius
“He’s picked a bad year to be a good two-year-old! Everything he has done has been progressive. He’s a nice, scopey horse, with a very good temperament. He looks quite like Kingman from that point of view.
“Sir Michael is pleased with him. He exudes a very pleasant attitude when he is talking about him.
“We’ve always thought he had good potential. He’s probably progressed quicker than we originally expected, so Sir Michael is happy enough for him to take his chance in the Dewhurst.”
7. Too Darn Hot – John Gosden/Frankie Dettori (EVS)
One of the stars of the season so far and yet to put a foot wrong for John Gosden.
Yet to be truly tested and that is the one thing you could throw at him.
Hard to compare the Champagne with the National Stakes but clearly the one to beat on raw ability and expectation.
John Gosden on Too Darn Hot
“He has gone from winning a maiden to winning a Group Three and Group Two last time out. He’s a quick learner and is more precocious than the rest of the family, but it is a big jump.
“I am not surprised that he came to hand quickly, because he is a very active, joyful horse, who has always been on the front foot and he just presented himself. He’s a happy, cheerful horse, which is helpful as they let you know when they are bouncing.
“He’s a lot like So Mi Dar and he’s got a great turn of foot, but I’m not convinced that he will stay more than a mile and a quarter next year.
“He is a beautifully-bred horse and he comes with a bit of story as he couldn’t make the sales with an X-ray problem and he has done well to overcome it at this stage.
“Doncaster is a different track to Newmarket, what with the dip and the quick ground, but we have been happy with him.
“He is a bit of buzz horse, but he has won his races well.”