Toronado set for Sussex clash

  • Last Updated: July 14 2014, 13:37 BST

Toronado will spearhead yet another powerful Glorious Goodwood team for Richard Hannon in the Qipco Sussex Stakes as his stablemate Olympic Glory heads to France once again.

Toronado: Made a winning return to action in the Queen Anne Stakes
Toronado: Made a winning return to action in the Queen Anne Stakes

The Queen Anne Stakes winner collected his first Group One when getting the better of his old adversary Dawn Approach in last season's renewal, and is set to clash with the leading three-year-old Kingman on July 30.

Lockinge winner Olympic Glory, last seen finishing fourth to Cirrus Des Aigles in the Prix d'Ispahan, will be attempting to go one place better than his narrow second to Moonlight Cloud in the 2013 Prix Jacques Le Marois.

There has been a change of order at the Hannon establishment in Wiltshire, which was bathed in sunshine on Monday morning.

While son Richard is now in charge, Hannon snr was overseeing work duties with the licence holder away in France.

"Toronado will run in the Sussex, all being well," he said.

"He's had his problems with his wind, but he's as good a horse as we've ever had here. He's definitely on a par with (2010 winner) Canford Cliffs."

Kingman reversed placings from the 2000 Guineas with Hannon's Night Of Thunder when a resounding winner of the St James's Palace Stakes and John Gosden's colt is currently the odds-on favourite for the Sussex.

Hannon snr said: "I'm not sure (Kingman) will like the track. But if he goes there right and everything's well, he'll take a lot of beating.

"I'd like Toronado to stay in training next year, but the boss (owner Sheikh Joaan) has his stud in France and he might want him to go off there. It hasn't been discussed.

"Olympic Glory will follow the ground, he likes a bit of cut, and he'll probably go for the Jacques le Marois."