Toronado lays down Classic claims in Winkfield
22 Jul 2012 | Champion trainer Richard Hannon saddled exciting two-year-old Toronado to victory in the Listed Carraig Insurance Winkfield Stakes over 1400m at Ascot on Saturday.
The son of 2002 Epsom Derby winner High Chaparral, who won impressively on his debut at Newbury on June 14, travelled kindly in rear under Richard Hughes before staying on strongly to record a two-length success over Strictly Silca.
Richard Hannon said: “We are delighted with Toronado and I am glad it’s over now as we have always thought he was a very good horse. I was pleased with the way he won as they went no gallop - they walked - but it’s the way he picks up and the turn of foot. He has everything that horse.
“I haven’t thought about any plans with him, it’s only 12 days to Goodwood so we might be overdoing it a bit.
“I don’t want to do too much with him as he is a horse that will probably turn up in the 2000 Guineas next year and he will probably have one more run somewhere.”
Richard Hughes added: “Toronado didn’t let me down. I think he is very good. I said he could be a Classic type next year and I had the Derby in mind more than the 2000 Guineas. He is the first Derby horse I have had for Richard (Hannon) in a long time - it’s the feel he gives you.”
Toronado is 16/1 for next year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas with William Hill, who have Dawn Approach as the 10/1 favourite for the Newmarket Classic.
Mick Channon, trainer of the second Strictly Silca, who holds an entry in the Group One Moyglare Stakes held on the Curragh in September, reflected after the race: “We have always thought a lot of her and thought she would win her maiden at Haydock (Park, June 12). We have probably been beaten by a very good horse.
“We thought we would run well and would have been disappointed if we hadn’t been in the first three. She is only a shell of a horse at the moment and will make into a real nice horse later on.”
Asked on her future plans Channon added: “She has an entry in the Moyglare, but this opportunity arose so I’ll see whether we take her to Ireland, we have a few other options.”
Martin Harley, who rode the Danehill Dancer filly, said: “I got beaten by a better horse but I think a lot of this filly and she will progress.”
Ryan Moore, who partnered third Verdane for trainer David Evans said: “He ran a very good race.”
£23,000, listed Carraig Insurance Winkfield Stakes (1400m) For 2yo, 7f. 1st £13,043.30; 2nd £4,945.00; 3rd £2,474.80; 4th £1,232.80; 5th £618.70; 6th £310.50
1) TORONADO (IRE) (Carmichael, Simmons, Hunter) Richard Hannon 2-9-02 Richard Hughes  1/3 Fav
2) STRICTLY SILCA (Aldridge Racing Partnership) Mick Channon 2-8-11 Martin Harley  25/1
3) VERDANE (W Clifford, D Rolfe, D Price) David Evans 2-9-02 Ryan Moore 
4) LETSTALKABOUTMONEY (IRE) (Barry Fulton & Elaine Burke) Elaine Burke v2-9-02 Jim Crowley 
5) ARTHURS SECRET (David Scott & Co (Pattern Makers) Ltd) John Quinn 2-9-02 Michael O'Connell 
6) CLAUDE GREENWOOD (Amanda Rawding) Sylvester Kirk 2-9-02 Jimmy Fortune 
Breeder: Paul Nataf Breeding: b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Wana Doo (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))
Time: 1m 30.47s Distances: 2, 2½, sh, 2½, 1½