RACING: Hannon team geared up for Glorious Goodwood
TORONADO will spearhead yet another powerful Glorious Goodwood team for Wiltshire trainer Richard Hannon in the Qipco Sussex Stakes as his stablemate Olympic Glory heads to France once again.
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 Collingbourne Ducis, which was bathed in sunshine this 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."
Aside from a stack of two-year-olds, Hannon has last year's leading juvenile Toormore in contention for Glorious Goodwood.
The winner of the Craven Stakes must show a bit more following defeats in the Guineas and St James's Palace and is now set to drop back to seven furlongs.
"He ran a bit flat in the Guineas, I thought he was a bit dull in his coat, but he looks all right now," said Hannon.
"He'll run in the Lennox Stakes, he'll have no problems dropping back."
Night Of Thunder himself was most recently seen tackling a mile and a quarter for the first time in the Coral-Eclipse, but beat only one home.
"I thought he didn't get the trip, but it was a stupid race and those at the front got away with it," said Hannon.
"We went all over him after Sandown, he had a bone scan, his scope was good. The Prix du Moulin's what they're talking about now."
The five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting is now just two weeks away and clerk of the course Seamus Buckley said: "If it was today, I'd be calling it good to firm. We'll just keep it going, but we're where we want to be at the moment."