DUBAWI (by Dubai Millennium) is one of the all-time great British stallions, and from 48 Group 1 winners among 221 blacktype scorers, he has five sons, Al Kazeem, Makfi, New Bay, Night Of Thunder and Poet’s Voice, who won at the highest level before going on to sire at least one Group 1-scorer.

Some of those Group 1 stars are fillies of course, a few are geldings, and others are at stud but in early stages of their new career, so the number will grow over the coming seasons.

Indeed, with the start that Group 2-winner Time Test made as a freshman in 2021, it may not be long before he has his first Group 1-siring stallion son who didn’t win at the highest level on the track.

Each of the quintet that has already hit the Group 1 target is a well-bred horse, but none can boast the strength of pedigree that Too Darn Hot possesses, which makes him one of the most exciting recruits of recent years.

Too Darn Hot is out of the triple Group 1-star Dar Re Me (Singspiel), has a pair of Group 1-placed pattern-winning sisters in Lah Ti Dar and So Mi Dar, and his multiple Group 3-placed half-brother De Treville (Oasis Dream) got off the mark as a freshman last year.

Dar Re Mi is a daughter of the Group 1 Prix Vermeille heroine and ‘blue hen’ mare Darara (Top Ville), a rare gem who produced four top-level winners, and so she is a half-sister to the Group 1-scorers Rewilding (Tiger Hill), Darazari (Sadler’s Wells) and Diaghilev (Sadler’s Wells; aka River Dancer).

However, this is not what makes him such an exciting sire prospect: there is a difference between being bred to be a top-class racehorse and having a stallion’s pedigree. It is the exploits of Darara’s half-brother Darshaan (Shirley Heights) that gives Too Darn Hot the latter; that Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club winner was a leading international sire and hugely influential as a broodmare sire.

Too Darn Hot was 2018’s juvenile champion, winner of four races by an accumulated 15 and a half lengths, headlined by defeat of Phoenix Of Spain in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes and Advertise in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.

He didn’t stay when runner-up to Telecaster in the Group 2 Dante Stakes – he evidently got speed rather than stamina from his sire – and was placed in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas and Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes before trouncing Space Blues by three lengths in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat over seven furlongs.

He rounded off his career with defeat of Circus Maximus in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.

If Too Darn Hot lives up to his immense potential – a trio of his first foals fetched between 150,000gns to 270,000gns in Newmarket – then he could supply Group 1 and other pattern winners over the full classic range, plus some who excel over shorter trips, before going on to establish a foothold in European pedigrees through the exploits of his descendants.

TOO DARN HOT (GB), Bay 2016. Champion 2yr old colt in Europe in 2018. Champion 3yr old miler in Europe in 2019. Won six races, £1,320,181, from 7 furlongs to 1 mile, at 2 and 3 years including, Darley Dewhurst Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.1, Qatar Prix Jean Prat, Deauville, Gr.1, Qatar Sussex Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.1, Howcroft Champagne Stakes, Doncaster, Gr.2, 188Bet Solario Stakes, Sandown Park, Gr.3, also placed second in Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, Curragh, Gr.1, Al Basti Dante Stakes, York, Gr.2, and third in St James’s Palace Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1.

Retired to Stud in 2020, first crop now yearlings

Stands at: Dalham Hall Stud, Duchess Drive, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9HE, England.

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