G2-winning juvenile Toronado (3c High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam) looked even better at three as he lit up Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Thursday with an outstanding victory in the G3 Craven Stakes.
The unbeaten High Chaparral colt had been bought privately earlier this year by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and looks set to be a flagbearer for his new owner this season after his impressive four-length Craven Stakes success.
The Richard Hannon-trained Toronado is now just a 3/1 chance with bookmakers for the G1 2,000 Guineas and a 7/1 shot to emulate his sire by winning the G1 Derby.
“He’s a machine – he’s a very good horse. I’m very happy – he quickened and quickened again,” said Hannon. “We’ve always known it but he’s proved it today. If you look at him he’s not quite right in his coat and he’ll coming back here in a fortnight’s time looking a lot better. He’s worked so well at home and he’s worked with a lot of good horses.
“He is probably top of my pecking order. I’m lucky that he and Olympic Glory (3c Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) are owned by the same man and we can switch the other fellow to the French 2,000 Guineas. We can have the chance to win two races instead of one.”
Toronado, who was bred by Paul Nataf, was bought as yearling at Deauville by Amanda Skiffington for 55,000 euros.