Four-time champion trainer Richard Hannon is hoping that High Chaparral’s son Toronado (3c High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam) can emulate his sire in the G1 Derby at Epsom in June.
The unbeaten colt won Doncaster’s G2 Champagne Stakes last season and pleased Hannon in a racecourse gallop at Kempton this week, when he held his own with G1-winning juvenile Law Enforcement.
“Toronado worked particularly well with Havana Gold and Law Enforcement, and he has done really well through the winter. He has lengthened and filled out in all the right places, and he has grown into a lovely horse,” said Hannon on his website.
Toronado is a 16/1 chance to give Hannon a first success in the Derby and the trainer has a particularly strong team of three-year-olds, that also includes Choisir’s son Olympic Glory (3c Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao), winner of last season’s G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and a contender for the G1 2,000 Guineas.
“We are in the fortunate position of having a fistful of smart three-year-olds to go to war with, and my biggest problem is trying to keep them apart for the trials,” added Hannon.
“I would think that Toronado will head to Newmarket for the G3 Craven Stakes, while Olympic Glory, who has also thrived during the winter and moved beautifully when we worked him earlier in the week, would likely reappear in the G3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury.”
Toronado was bred by Paul Nataf and bought for 55,000 euros as a yearling at Deauville by Amanda Skiffington.