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RACING: Toronado in York outing
10:43am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
RICHARD Hannon has confirmed Toronado will appear in Wednesday's Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Jockey Richard Hughes was keen for the colt to try a mile and a quarter for the first time, and it was up to trainer Hannon and owner Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani to be in agreement too.
Toronado will be having a break from his sparring partner Dawn Approach, who beat him in both the 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot, but the score moved to two-one after a confident ride from Hughes in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
An update on richardhannonracing.co.uk said: "It's all systems go for Toronado who will be declared for Wednesday's International at York this morning.
"The plan is to run as long as there is not heavy rain."
Beckhampton-trained Al Kazeem heads the five rivals facing Toronado for the Group One prize after the final declarations were published.
Roger Charlton's five-year-old has risen right to the top of the European pecking order this season after his victories in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes and Coral-Eclipse.
Aside from Toronado, there are two other three-year-olds in the line-up in Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and Royal Ascot scorer Hillstar.
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