More to come from Toor

  • By: Simon Holt
  • Last Updated: July 29 2014, 15:35 BST

Channel 4 commentator Simon Holt previews day one of Glorious Goodwood and likes Toormore in the Lennox Stakes.

Toormore: Fancied to win the Lennox Stakes
Toormore: Fancied to win the Lennox Stakes

TOORMORE, winner of the Veuve Clicquot Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year, must have every chance of producing a repeat victory in a tight-looking renewal of the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes on Tuesday.

Richard Hannon's classy three-year-old, who was the top-rated horse of his generation in 2013, takes a drop in class here after finishing seventh in the 2000 Guineas and then an eased-down sixth behind Kingman in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

In a strongly-run race on the latter occasion, Toormore didn't seem to get home though, in his Racing Post column last Saturday, jockey Richard Hughes admitted to being concerned by this drop to seven furlongs but thinks "he could just get away with it."

Certainly, the colt has an outstanding chance on his best form and proved he had trained on well when beating subsequent French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in the spring.

Meanwhile, on their latest clash - also at Newmarket - there is little to choose between Gregorian and Garswood with the latter bidding to repeat last year's win in this race in which he had the re-opposing Boom And Bust in third and Professor seventh.

Gregorian has since put up a terrific effort in the July Cup (Es Que Love 11th) dropped to six furlongs and ought to confirm a length beating of his rival though Garswood was ridden from the front that day in blinkers for the first time and may benefit from the patient tactics which saw him win here 12 months ago.

Both horses seem best on good or softish ground so any drying of conditions would not be ideal.

Although held on form, Boom And Bust has often run well at this meeting and signalled a return to his best might be imminent when beaten only two lengths into sixth behind Glory Awaits at Chester last time. It could be even closer between the pair here, though neither should be good enough to cope with a top-of-his-game Toormore.

German raider Amarillo should not be discounted though was well beaten at Haydock in-between two Group Three victories on home territory this season.

In the opening Handicap, I will keep the faith with my Royal Hunt Cup selection NICEOFYOUTOTELLME who was badly hampered behind Field Of Dream (Sea Shanty fourth) at Royal Ascot but for which he looked like going close.

A horse who needs a bit of time between races, he will have been freshened up for this and should be suited by a mile and a quarter on this course. Once again, luck in running will be important - Goodwood is renowned for producing messy races in big fields on the round course - but Ralph Beckett's charge looks a horse capable of better.

Sea Shanty will clearly not be far away either on his Ascot run while both Magic Hurricane and Ajman Bridge look progressive in a competitive field.

  • Posted at 1015 BST on 28/07/2013.