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Too Darn Hot can cook up another trainers’ title for John Gosden

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  • Trainer closing on third championship in seven years
  • Gosden in pole position to train Too Darn Hot’s £3.68m brother

John Gosden insisted that a third trainers’ title in seven years is the last thing on his mind as he watched his stable stars exercise on Warren Hill at dawn on Friday, but he knows that the hard work is already done. Four of his horses will start favourite for Group One races over the next eight days and if Too Darn Hot, an even-money chance, can take an outstanding renewal of the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, Gosden will head towards Champions Day at Ascot with the championship all but secured.

He will also have made a compelling case to train Too Darn Hot’s brother, as yet unnamed, who became the year’s most expensive yearling when he was sold to Sheikh Fahad, the driving force behind Qatar Racing, for £3.68m at Tattersalls earlier this week. At a frantic, relentless stage of the season, as one generation prepares to hand on to the next, Gosden could scarcely be playing a stronger hand.

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