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Quorto Won’t Run in Dewhurst Stakes

2 years ago

The Charlie Appleby-trained Quorto, Goldophin’s unbeaten star juvenile colt, will not take on Too Darn Hot in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 13 and has been put away until next season.

The son of Dubawi has played a major part in what has been a stellar campaign in Britain for Sheikh Mohammed’s ‘Boys in Blue’,  winning all three starts and currently featuring among the leading contenders for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas for which he is a best priced 8/1 with Betfair. John Gosden’s unbeaten Too Darn Hot, winner of the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster recently in impressive fashion, remains the clear ante-post favourite for the first colts’ Classic of 2019 at 4/1 with 888sport.

Quorto made a winning debut on Newmarket’s July course in June then returned a few weeks later to win the Group 2 Superlative Stakes in tremendous fashion, beating Cape Of Good Hope by nearly four lengths. He further enhanced his big reputation with a comfortable success over the Aidan O’Brien-trained quartet of Anthony Van Dyck, Christmas, Mohawk, and Land Force in the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh two weeks ago, and connections have now decided that their charge has done enough for this term and he won’t be asked to run at Newmarket in one of the key end-of-season juvenile events.

“He has done exceptionally well in his first season, winning his G2 and G1, and progressing all the time,” Appleby told the Godolphin website. “The 2,000 Guineas has always been the long-term plan, and following discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we have decided to put him away for the year.”

Too Darn Hot is now a best priced 5/4 with Paddy Power for the Dewhurst Stakes, with the unbeaten Sir Michael Stoute-trained Sangarius (9/2 with William Hill), and another undefeated colt, Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns  next in the list at 6/1 with bet365.

Paul Alster

Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.