Derby Winner Masar to Stand at Dalham Hall Alongside Too Darn Hot

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Masar | Racing Post

2018 G1 Investec Derby hero Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}-Khawlah {Ire}, by Cape Cross {Ire}) will join champion & G1SW Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) at Dalham Hall Stud in 2020, Darley announced on Monday. Their fees will be released at a later date. Bred by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby, the Classic winner also won the G3 Craven S. at three after saluting in the G3 Solario S. as a juvenile. He sports four wins in 11 starts, and was also third in both the 2018 G1 English 2000 Guineas and 2017 G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Injury cut short the remainder of the son of UAE highweight Khawlah's 3-year-old campaign and he was retired after two runs at four.

“It is an honour to stand a horse of the quality of Masar,” said Darley's Director of Stallions Sam Bullard. “He won the race we all strive to win but had the speed to beat a Group 2-winning sprinter on his six-furlong debut before going on to win the G3 Solario S. He became the first Derby winner to wear the Godolphin blue and beat champion Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy) all three times they met. From one of the best families in the studbook, he had a higher juvenile rating than his illustrious relatives Galileo (Ire) and Sea The Stars (Ire). Prudent breeders will have him on their list.”

A Watership Down Stud homebred for Lord Lloyd-Webber, 'TDN Rising Star' Too Darn Hot was slated to stand under the Darley banner at Dalham Hall since last November. Highweighted at two in England after wins in the G3 Solario S., G2 Champagne S. and G1 Dewhurst S. in succession, the bay returned a three to capture both the G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat and the G1 Qatar Sussex S. in his final two starts for trainer John Gosden. He was also runner-up in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and G2 Dante S. and third in Royal Ascot's G1 St. James's Palace S. in a nine-start career. The son of English highweight and 2009 G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Dar Re Mi, who also struck in the G1 Pretty Polly S. in Ireland and in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic in the UAE, sustained a career-ending injury and was retired in early August.

“When we set out to create Watership Down Stud with the purchase of Darara, we wanted to breed the best,” said Simon Marsh, Racing Manager for Watership Down Stud. “Too Darn Hot comprises everything the Lloyd Webbers set out to achieve. He has taken us all on an incredible journey and has everything you want in a stallion-talent, precocity, pedigree and looks.”

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