EIRENE, winner of three races and rated 102 at her best was retired to the paddocks this year and she is in foal to crack miler and very exciting first season sire, Too Darn Hot!
The Declaration Of War filly (pictured) who ran in the green and yellow colours of M J Yarrow cost 85,000 guineas as a foal but she soon started to repay that with a win on her second outing, at Doncaster over 6f when favourite under Robert Winston. Two starts later, she won the Listed St Hughs’s Stakes over 5f at Newbury, landing a bit of a touch into the bargain!
As a 3yo, she was third on her reappearance in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes over 7f and on her 11th career start, she landed the third of her three victories at Chelmsford. Robert Winston was on board for all three wins, although former Champion Jockey Jim Crowley rode her to be third in a Listed race at Doncaster. The filly won over £82,000 in prize money.
Too Darn Hot really did live up to his name as a juvenile. The Lord Webber-owned Dubawi colt out of triple Group One winner, Dar Re Mi, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankei Dettori, was unbeaten at two and was crowned European Champion 2yo. His four victories included the Solario Stakes by four lengths and an impressive Group One Dewhurst success by one and a quarter lengths.
At 3, he was a dual Group One winner after winning the Prix Jean Prat and the Sussex Stakes. His only two defeats in nine races comprised a second in the Irish 2000 Guineas and a third in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Rated 126 at his best, Too Darn Hot won £1.3 million for his owners and he stands at Dalham Hall Stud for £50,000. He’s beautifully bred, was a top class racehorse and his mating with Eirene could produce a very speedy individual. No doubt, early next year, Michael Yarrow will be pacing up and down like the proverbial pacing father-to-be!