Crucial gallop for Hannon pair
A crucial gallop on Sunday morning will dictate whether Toronado or Olympic Glory will represent owner Sheikh Joaan and trainer Richard Hannon in the Qipco-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week
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So far Hannon has been able to keep to two smart milers apart and appears intent on that remaining the case.
Toronado finally overcame old foe Dawn Approach in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood before running below par over 10 furlongs at York, after which he had a breathing operation.
Olympic Glory got to within a short head of brilliant Prix la Foret winner Moonlight Cloud in the Marois but was subsequently well beaten by Maxios in the Prix du Moulin.
"Toronado and Olympic Glory are both well and we'll work them on Sunday before deciding which one will run (in the QEII) - there's no point running both in the same race," said Richard Hannon jnr, the trainer's son and assistant.
"I spoke to Sheikh Joaan and he's happy to run either one. Hughesie (Richard Hughes, jockey) will ride them in work and we'll see what he thinks."
Sky Lantern also remains in the mix for the big meeting at Ascot, with Hannon jnr hinting she could run in the Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs, but only if the ground remains fast.
"With Sky Lantern, she would only go if it's fast ground and she wouldn't want anything worse," he said. "I'd still love to go a mile and a quarter with her, so we'll see what happens."