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Richard Hannon aims for fourth consecutive victory at Vintage stakes

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 17:11 | Comments

Goodwood has been good to Richard Hannon with victory in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes for the last three years running
Goodwood has been good to Richard Hannon with victory in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes for the last three years running

Richard Hannon believes Toormore is "the real deal" as the trainer chases his fourth successive victory in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday.

Hannon has claimed the seven-furlong Group Two with King Torus, Chandlery and Olympic Glory in the last three years.

His latest leading candidate certainly looked the part when making a winning debut at Leicester in late May.

Connections avoided a trip to Royal Ascot and are confident he can take the step up to Pattern class in his stride.

"Toormore tries to emulate Olympic Glory in the Vintage Stakes, and we think that he is the real deal," the trainer told his website www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"He beat a good horse in Ertijaal first time out at Leicester, but we took an early decision to miss Royal Ascot as we thought he needed to mature, both physically and mentally.

"He is a big horse, but one with loads of pace, and we are looking for a bold show."

Hannon also saddles Newmarket maiden winner Expert.

Already proven in Group company is the Richard Fahey-trained Parbold, but he is not yet certain to take his chance in this particular race.

After making a winning debut in the mud at York, the son of Dandy Man ran a superb race to beat all bar runaway winner War Command in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Cheveley Park Stud have since moved to snap up a share in the exciting juvenile,

However, managing director Chris Richardson is not sure whether he will run in this race or the Richmond Stakes over a furlong shorter on Thursday.

Richardson said: "He's a lovely looking horse and he has a lot of ability.

"He lost nothing in defeat from where he came from at Ascot and we're looking forward to seeing him run, but I'm not sure which race he'll run in.

"As well as the Vintage, we've declared him for the Richmond on Thursday. There is a bit of rain around and in the conditions, we might be better sticking to six furlongs in the Richmond.

"It's a bit up in the air at the moment. We'll see what the ground is like later and discuss it with our partners."

Brian Meehan expects Newbury maiden winner Recanted to bounce back from a lifeless display in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting.

He said on his website: "It was hard not to be impressed by the style of his easy Newbury debut success and equally to be perplexed by his disappointing showing at Newmarket last time

"The very fast ground there may not have helped, though, and a much better result is anticipated."

Godolphin are represented by Charlie Appleby-trained Newmarket scorer Outstrip, while Mark Johnston sends Lanark on the journey south from Middleham.

The field is completed by the Mick Channon-trained outsider Rosso Corsa.

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