Hughes backs Toronado to avenge Dawn defeats
Dawn Approach and Toronado will lock horns for the third time this season in tomorrow's Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
The Richard Hannon-trained Toronado was expected to give the unbeaten Dawn Approach most to think about in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, but could only finish fourth as Jim Bolger's colt claimed Classic glory.
The margin was far closer when the pair met again in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Dawn Approach edging it by just a short head.
The duo meet again in the Sussex, with Bolger also having declared Dawn Approach's 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. The Ballydoyle trainer also saddles Reply, with John Gosden's Gregorian and the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm featuring too.
Champion jockey Richard Hughes believes Toronado would only "have to find a little bit" to gain revenge over Dawn Approach.
"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 said.
"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."
Meanwhile, Hannon and Hughes will be hoping Sky Lantern can show the way home in the Nassau Stakes on Saturday.
Winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket before a breathtaking display in Royal Ascot's Coronation Stakes, Richard Hannon's filly was narrowly beaten by Elusive Kate in the Falmouth Stakes earlier this month.
She is set to test the water over a mile and a quarter for the first time in this all-aged fillies' Group One, while Ralph Beckett has left in his Epsom Oaks one-two pairing, Talent and Secret Gesture.
The highly-regarded Hot Snap is one of the more intriguing contenders for Lady Cecil, while Aidan O'Brien has Just Pretending and Magical Dream in the mix, with Jim Bolger's Scintillula the only other Irish entrant.