Hannon hoping Toronado can prove Classic class

Filed on 7 Mar 2013 @ 18:43

But Hannon is hoping that his unbeaten Champagne Stakes winner Toronado (High Chaparral) can give him a first winner in the Derby at Epsom on June 1.

"We will be looking at the Investec Derby for Toronado after he has run in one of the Guineas, but we have not decided which one he will go for at the moment," said Richard Hannon junior, assistant to his father.

"He is in great form and he has done very well over the winter so we are very pleased with him - we always thought he would make a lovely three-year-old."

Hannon senior has had nine runners in the Derby, the first of them in 1973 and his best placing so far has been sixth with Gran Alba in 1989. Toronado is priced at 14/1 by Coral to improve on that record.

Richard Hannon junior continued: "We have always liked him from the time he went and won his maiden at Newbury and he continued to improve all year.

"In a couple of races last year, they did not go very fast early and he probably did not look as good as he could have done.

"It's exciting for the team as we have not had many Derby runners and we are looking forward to it."

Filed on 7 Mar 2013 @ 18:43