By Duane Fonseca
Too Darn Hot was forced into retirement on Monday five days after burning up the track en route to an impressive Sussex Stakes victory at Glorious Goodwood.
Connections decided to cut short the 3yo Dubawi colt’s career after he returned from that third Group One success Wednesday with a hairline fracture on his right hind cannon bone. He underwent surgery at the Newmarket Equine Hospital.
Trained by John Gosden, Too Darn Hot won six of his nine career starts and never finished out of the top three. Simon Marsh, the Racing and Bloodstock Manager to owners Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber, said: "Too Darn Hot has undergone emergency surgery to his right hind cannon after x-rays revealed a hairline fracture.
"I'm glad to say he has come safely through surgery. The injury is not life threatening and he should make a full recovery.
"His future now lies at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket where he will recuperate and stand at stud for the 2020 season.
"The Lloyd Webbers and I are very sad we won't see this champion on the racecourse again. He has given us all so much excitement in winning three Group One races over the last 12 months, culminating in his brilliant victory last week in the Qatar Sussex Stakes."
Too Darn Hot won all four starts during his 2yo campaign, including the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. A setback ruled him out of the 2,000 Guineas in May, and he was defeated for the first time when running in second by a length to Telecaster in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York later that month.
Thereafter, he was second to Phoenix Of Spain in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas and then placed third behind Circus Maximus in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Too Darn Hot bounced back to winning ways in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winning the Deauville race by three lengths from Space Blues before avenging his Royal Ascot defeat by Circus Maximus by leaving him a half length in arrears at Glorious Goodwood on his last run.