Toronado temptation for Hannon
Richard Hannon could yet be tempted into running Toronado against Al Kazeem in the Juddmonte International at York next week - admitting rider Richard Hughes wants to have a tilt at the 10-furlong showpiece.
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The High Chaparral colt was a leading ante-post contender for the Derby heading into the winter but has proved himself top-class at a mile this season, beating Dawn Approach in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani also has narrow Prix Jacques le Marois second Olympic Glory in his miling armoury, and connections are keen to keep the pair apart.
Speaking at Salisbury, Hannon said: "Hughesie wants me to run him in the Juddmonte. We'll probably keep him to a mile, but there's only one horse to beat in the Juddmonte so it's very tempting.
"He'll be kept in the race, and we'll have a look."