Horse Racing: Richard Hannon facing Toronado dilemma

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Trainer Richard Hannon will decide on Sunday morning whether Toronado or Olympic Glory will race in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Both horses will be worked on the gallops on Sunday morning and only then will a decision be made over who races a week on Saturday.

Hannon has so far been able to keep both horses apart and it looks as though he is keen for that to remain the case.

Toronado has just undergone a breathing operation after struggling over 10 furlongs at York last time out, but in the race before he overcame Dawn Approach to win the Sussex Stakes.

“Toronado and Olympic Glory are both well and we’ll work them on Sunday before deciding which one will run (in the QEII) – there’s no point running both in the same race,” said Richard Hannon jnr, the trainer’s son and assistant.

“I spoke to Sheikh Joaan and he’s happy to run either one. Hughesie (Richard Hughes, jockey) will ride them in work and we’ll see what he thinks.”

Meanwhile, Hannon jnr has also revealed that Sky Lantern could run over 10 furlongs in the Champion Stakes, but much will depend on the ground.

“With Sky Lantern, she would only go if it’s fast ground and she wouldn’t want anything worse,” he said. “I’d still love to go a mile and a quarter with her, so we’ll see what happens.”

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