High Chaparral’s son Toronado prevails in Goodwood G1 epic

Wednesday’s G1 Sussex Stakes proved one of the great modern-day races seen at Glorious Goodwood when High Chaparral’s son Toronado (3c High Chaparral-Wana Doo) beat big rival Dawn Approach.
Jockey Richard Hughes waited patiently aboard the winner before finishing late to beat Dawn Approach by half a length.
“I’d say they are two top-class horses,” said winning trainer Hannon. “It was looking difficult two furlongs out but our horse has a hell of a turn of foot.
“Hughesie rode him at home four or five days ago and said he was the best he’d ever ridden. I’d have loved him to have won at Ascot last time but I was just very happy to see him come back to form after his Guineas run.”
Looking to the future, Hannon’s son and assistant Richard added: “We’ll see how he comes out of this but the G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville and the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot are the obvious races.
“He’ll stick to a mile this year but he’ll stay in training next season when perhaps he could step up to 10 furlongs at some point.”
Jockey Richard Hughes added: “He’s proved he’s a brilliant horse. My plan was ‘wide, fast and late’ and luckily it worked. I didn’t want to get into a battle with Dawn Approach so I wanted to get there late and fast.
“They went a good gallop and we saw two wonderful horses, I’m just glad our’s was the most wonderful! It’s very sweet.
“I felt he had come on a little bit at home mentally and he was a more mature horse. It was a true race and I was always travelling well.”
Toronado, who won last season’s G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, was bred by Paul Nataf and was bought for 55,000 euros as a yearling at Arqana by Amanda Skiffington.

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