Toronado (2c High Chaparral x Wana Doo, by Grand Slam) continued an impressive start to his career with a cosy success in the Listed Winkfield Stakes at Ascot.
The Richard Hannon-trained colt, a ready winner on his debut at Newbury in mid-June, made smooth headway to take the lead approaching the final furlong before quickening clear for a two-length victory under Richard Hughes.
“I was pleased with the way he won as they went no gallop – they walked – but it’s the way he picks up and the turn of foot,” commented Hannon afterwards.
“He has everything. I don’t want to do too much with him as he is a horse that will probably turn up in the 2000 Guineas next year and he will probably have one more run somewhere.”
“I think he is very good,” added Hughes. “I said he could be a Classic type next year and I had the Derby in mind more than the 2000 Guineas.
“He is the first Derby horse I have ridden for Richard (Hannon) in a long time – it’s the feel he gives you.”