Saturday 16 December 2017

Dawn Approach and Toronado declared for mouthwatering Sussex Stakes

Dawn Approach
Dawn Approach

Dawn Approach and Toronado will lock horns for the third time this season after featuring among seven horses declared for the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The Richard Hannon-trained Toronado was expected to give the unbeaten Dawn Approach most to think about in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May, but could only finish fourth as Jim Bolger's Godolphin-owned colt claimed Classic glory with a mesmerising display.

The margin was far closer when the pair met again in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Dawn Approach coming out on top by just a short head in a pulsating finish.

The duo meet again in the Sussex, with Bolger also having declared Dawn Approach's perennial pacemaker Leitir Mor to complete the trio of three-year-old runners taking on their elders.

Chief contender for the older generation is Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old Declaration Of War, winner of Royal Ascot's Queen Anne Stakes and second to Al Kazeem in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

The Ballydoyle trainer also saddles Reply, with the field completed by John Gosden's Gregorian and the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm.

Champion jockey Richard Hughes believes Toronado would only "have to find a little bit" to gain revenge over Dawn Approach.

He told the Guardian: "I've been thinking about it from the time I heard the result being called at Ascot.

"I feel there is a bit (of a score to settle), I feel I was very unlucky at Ascot. I think an awful lot of the horse and I'd love him to show his true best.

"He weighs 530 kilograms and he was driven sideways at the most crucial point of the race last time, so I think there's a good argument that I only have to find a little bit.

"I presume both of us (Hughes and Dawn Approach's jockey, Kevin Manning) would like a nice, strong-run race so his horse and mine can settle. As long as it's a nice, clean race I'll be happy and, if I get beaten, it will be fair and square.

"I enjoy Goodwood and I ride with confidence around there. I feel like I know how to do the right thing around there, but that doesn't always mean you're getting all the luck. You need that on your side there now and again.

"It's very good for racing. When they both loomed up in the Guineas at Newmarket, you could hear the roar go up from the stands, and that day I knew after going a furlong that I wouldn't win the Guineas.

"Hearing that roar is why we ride all the other horses, so that we can get on the good ones."

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