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Frankie hit hard by Hot call

6th August 2019, 12:13 by Jack Ogalbe

Frankie Dettori says he has been left devastated by Too Darn Hot's retirement following injury.

The pair shone for John Gosden, remaining unbeaten during his juvenile season, and while there were a few bumps in the road earlier this year, he returned to form with successes in the Prix Jean Prat and Qatar Sussex Stakes.

However, Too Darn Hot picked up an injury to his right-hind cannon bone in last week's win at Glorious Goodwood, with the call made to retire him to stud despite successful surgery.

With potential left unfulfilled, Dettori admits he is hurt by the sad news.

He told the Express: "I had so much to look forward to – the Breeders' Cup. It was amazing last week at Goodwood.

"We had just got him in the right place, it's a terrible loss, not just for me, a terrible loss for racing – a champion like him.

"Potentially, he could have been the best of the year. A truly great horse and the best two-year-old I've ever ridden.

"He was the highest-rated juvenile of last year – the same as Frankel when a two-year-old."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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