The 2019 Flat Season – four things to look forward to

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With the first Classics of the year already one their way, it is time to start looking at what promises to be a fantastic season. Here are four reasons to be excited about what lies ahead in the coming months.

Too Darn Hot – another great year?

Too Darn Hot has been the Guineas favourite since completing an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a comfortable success in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes last October. The son of Dubawi is expected to have a great year; John Gosden’s colt was the undoubted star of the juvenile division last season, winning each of his four starts, including the Dewhurst at Newmarket. Will 2019 be a success for the 3-year old horse? Last year, the then 2-year old horse was already being tipped as one of the young horses to keep an eye on.

Calyx – the big comeback?

Blessed with speed, he’s the nearest in the betting to Too Darn Hot in the 2000 Guineas. The Juddmonte stallion made a fantastic start with his first racing crop last year. The son of Kingman looked every inch a top-class prospect when making a winning debut at Newmarket last June, and enhanced his reputation further with a comprehensive victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. The young horse has made his comeback this month, immediately winning the 2019 Pavilion Stakes.

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Quorto – recovery later this summer?

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt began his career last year on the course at Newmarket and he was a very impressive winner. Quorto has been wintering in Dubai, and Appleby reports the son of Dubawi to have sustained an injury which will keep him on the sidelines for as-yet undetermined period. Unfortunately, Quorto is set to miss the first half of the campaign because of this injury. However, he is likely to return to action later in the season for Appleby, who has been winning Group races all over the world and has proved he is one of the best trainers in Britain. Appleby has his fingers crossed and is still hoping for Quorto to return this summer.

Stradivarius – another defining campaign?

The John Gosden-trained colt, bred and owned by Bjorn Nielsen, had a great 2018 when he won the Yorkshire Cup, Gold Cup, Qatar Goodwood Cup, Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup and the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup. Stradivarius became only the second horse, after the legendary Frankel in 2012, to win five QIPCO British Champions Series races in one season. The son of Sea The Stars has wintered well, according to John Gosden, the British racehorse trainer of Stradivarius. After making it five wins from as many starts last season in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day, the five-year-old is reported to be in good shape.

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