Too Darn Hot nom to be auctioned

Sold via the Magic Millions Online sales platform to support Catwalk 

TOO DARN HOT winning the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in Newmarket, United Kingdom.
TOO DARN HOT winning the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in Newmarket, United Kingdom. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

A 2021 breeding season nomination to Darley’s stallion Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) will be offered online to support the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.

The nomination to the shuttler offered by Darley and partners Watership Down Stud, will be sold via the Magic Millions Online sales platform.

Bidding will open at 12 noon (AEST) on Wednesday, 28 July and close from 4pm the following day (Thursday, 29 July). The Auction Close will not occur until such time that no bid is placed within the final two (2) minute period of selling. The son of Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) will stand his second season in Australia at an unchanged fee of $44,000 (inc GST) this year. 

"We’re delighted to offer, along with our partners at Watership Down Stud, the final nomination in Too Darn Hot for the upcoming 2021 breeding season, in support of CatWalk," Godolphin Australia's Managing Director Vin Cox said. 

"The access to this calibre of stallion per season is limited. He's a Group One winner, by a Group ONe winner, out of a Group One winner, awarded Champion titles at two and three and covered an exceptional first book which included nine Group One winners, it  doesn’t get much better than this." 

"I hope all breeders get behind us and dig deep for this cause in support of CatWalk and those affected by spinal cord injuries."

Madeleine Lloyd Webber, owner of Watership Down Stud said she was proud to be able to support such a wonderful cause.

"I'm delighted to donate a Too Darn Hot nomination," Lloyd Webber said. 

"As a former event rider myself it's by the grace of god that I escaped serious injury and this wonderful initiative will help injured riders in their hour of need."

CatWalk Founder Catriona Williams, MNZM, said she was thrilled that the thoroughbred industry was offering such incredible support.  

"My goal hasn't changed and that is to dance with Sam again on my feet. Every wheelie has their goal and this Too Darn Hot service generously donated by Madeleine Lloyd Webber and Darley brings us one step closer to realising each and every wheelie’s goal via CatWalk's backing of the very best worldwide cutting-edge research. 

"We are extremely proud of CatWalk’s association with Darley and thrilled to be alongside Watership Down with this auction.

"Backing winners is what we love and the odds of Too Darn Hot succeeding and CatWalk making a serious SCI breakthrough are not a matter of if but when," Williams added.

"The CatWalk Trust are excited that the Too Darn Hot nomination has been donated to support ANZAC-led spinal cord injury research," CatWalk General Manager Meg Speirs noted.

"Our long-time friends at Darley continue to be so supportive and we are incredibly grateful for their generosity.

"The proceeds from this sale will go towards world-class research in NZ, and also to a neurostimulation trial occurring at NeuRA in Sydney. The CatWalk Trust believes the need for the development of treatments being made available across Australia and New Zealand is critical to repairing the complex damage caused by a spinal cord injury," Speirs added.

The auction of the Too Darn Hot nomination will be conducted on the new Magic Millions Online sales platform.

"It is an honour to host the online auction of the nomination to one of the most exciting stallions available to local breeders," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

"Congratulations to Darley and Watership Down Stud for providing the nomination and for supporting such a worthwhile cause. 

"We encourage all breeders to register prior to the auction and dig deep to support a tremendous cause," Bowditch added.

Click here to be taken to the Magic Millions Online sales platform.
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