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RACING: Hannon's Toronado could be aimed at Ascot
3:06pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
WILTSHIRE-TRAINED Toronado and rival Dawn Approach look set to clash for a fourth time this season in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot.
Both colts need to bounce back from disappointing runs with Dawn Approach returning from his run in the Jacques le Marois with mucus on his lungs while Toronado, trained by Everleigh handler Richard Hannon, had a breathing operation after his lacklustre effort over 10 furlongs at York in the International Stakes.
Scratchings have been made for all the Group races at Ascot on October 19, including the Champion Stakes, and Toronado could be rerouted for that but he is likely to revert to a mile.
Richard Hannon jnr said: "No firm plans have been made yet but there is every chance that we will be represented in both races.
"Toronado has had a small procedure done on his palate and the way that he is progressing now, there is an excellent chance that he will make it back for Champions Day. He is back working well and the QEII is the more likely race for him."
The Hannon team could also be represented on the day by Sky Lantern, Olympic Glory and Montiridge.
"Sky Lantern has come out of the Sun Chariot really well and has the option of running in both races, we need to talk it over with her owner," said Hannon.
"Olympic Glory did not turn very well when he finished second in the Prix du Moulin in France so the straight mile of the QEII ought to suit him.
"Montiridge ran the race of his life in the Joel Stakes, he's a very good horse. The QEII is a possibility for him, but he has targets in Dubai in March and other options beforehand."
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