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RACING: Going for Glory in Breeders' Cup
8:15am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
RICHARD Hannon has elected to saddle QEII winner Olympic Glory rather than Toronado in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita next week.
The Everleigh trainer was spoilt for choice in the American showpiece with his Group One pair, although Toronado had looked the more likely to travel.
However, assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior told the stable's website: "Toronado worked at Lingfield on Tuesday morning, but, having had a break since the wind operation that he had after York, he clearly needs a bit more time, so we will put him away for next season, when the Breeders' Cup will be his ultimate target.
"It was always going to be one or the other, but Olympic Glory has come out of last week's QEII victory at Ascot better than we could have hoped, so he will be our representative in the Mile. Sheikh Joaan (Al Thani) is keen to have runners at the meeting, and we will also be talking his Shamshon for the Juvenile Turf."
Meanwhile, Hannon will rely on Chief Barker in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster after deciding to give the race a miss with National Stakes winner Toormore.
The pair, who are both owned by Middleham Park Racing, boast unbeaten records with each juvenile winning three times already this season.
However, it is thought the likely easy ground on Town Moor will suit Chief Barker, who beat subsequent Fillies' Mile winner Chriselliam last time time out, much more than previous Group One winner Toormore.
"Doncaster have had more than 12 millimetres of rain this week, so inevitably the ground will be slow, so we have decided to run Chief Barker and not Toormore, who will now be put away until next year when he will have a Guineas preparation," the trainer told richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"Toormore is all class but his speed would be blunted by soft ground, whereas Chief Barker, a good horse in his own right, is more the grinder so arguably better suited to the testing conditions."
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