RACING: Next move plotted for Hannon duo
9:53am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Latest Sport News
OWNERS Middleham Park Racing will study several factors before deciding whether to declare the Richard Hannon-trained Toormore and Chief Barker in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.
Connections will consider the forecast ground conditions and the likely opposition ahead of Thursday's final declaration stage, after four horses were supplemented to leave 13 possibles.
Toormore and Chief Barker, both with Everleigh-based champion trainer-elect Hannon, are owned by separate syndicates and either would give the Middleham operation a brilliant end to a highly-successful season in the last Group One race in Britain of 2013.
Toormore has already tasted glory at the highest level with victory in the National Stakes at the Curragh after winning the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Chief Barker has won all his three starts in the style of a bright prospect and took the scalp of subsequent Shadwell Fillies' Mile winner Chriselliam in a Listed contest over a mile at Haydock.
"We'll make a decision a bit later in the week. The rain could change the dynamic," said Middleham Park spokesman Tim Palin.
"We were at the Hannons on Sunday and saw them work. We were all delighted with both horses so it was decided to leave them both in.
"There are two different syndicates with just a couple of people in both.
"They are mainly mutually exclusive and both sets of owners were keen to leave them in and hopefully take their chance but we need to monitor things during the week, see what the weather does and what the going is and give them both a piece of work and see how that's goes as well.
"If the ground was good it would favour Toormore, softer ground would suit Chief Barker. We will just monitor things and make a decision on Thursday.
"We're in the lap of the gods regarding the weather but other than that, there is no reason why both can't run.
"At this stage of his career Toormore doesn't need a slog in a bog. Those conditions would suit Chief Barker."
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