Toronado, Richard Hannon's impressive Craven Stakes winner, is on course to redeem his reputation in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The colt headed to the Qipco 2000 Guineas viewed as a major threat to Dawn Approach but was brushed aside and came home only fourth.

Connections were convinced he was not at his best that day and are hopeful he will show his true colours at the Royal meeting.

"Hopefully he's coming back to his best, and we're trying to keep him on the boil for the St James's Palace," said the trainer's son and assistant, Richard junior.