Olympic Glory: off to California after Ascot win, but Toronado stays homePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Olympic Glory chosen for Breeders' showdown
BRILLIANT Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Olympic Glory will represent Richard Hannon in the Breeders' Cup Mile on November 2, but his Group 1-winning stablemate Toronado will remain at home after his season was declared finished.
The news comes just 24 hours after Toronado participated in a racecourse gallop at Lingfield on Tuesday, the first time the Sussex Stakes hero had been back to a racecouse since undergoing a procedure to aid his breathing after trailing home last in the Juddmonte International at York in August.
In contrast, Olympic Glory proved his wellbeing with an impressive win in the £1 million QEII Stakes at Ascot and after showing no ill effects from his soft ground victory, connections have opted to send him to Santa Anita this weekend.
"Toronado worked at Lingfield on Tuesday morning but, having had a break since the wind operation that he had after York, he clearly needs a bit more time," said assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr.
"We will put him away for next season, when the Breeders' Cup will be his ultimate target.
"It was always going to be one or the other but Olympic Glory has come out of last week's QEII victory at Ascot better than we could have hoped, so he will be our representative in the Mile."
Quoted on the stable's official website, he added: "Sheikh Joaan [Al Thani, owner] is keen to have runners at the meeting and we will also be talking his Shamshon for the Juvenile Turf."
Betfred and Boylesports reacted to the news by installing Olympic Glory as their 5-1 second-favourite for the Mile, which looks a fair price compared to William Hill's 3-1.
Last year's hero Wise Dan, who suffered a surprise defeat at Keeneland earlier this month is favourite to retain his title, Boylesports offering a best price 11-8.
Juddmonte International winner Declaration Of War, who will bid to give Aidan O'Brien an elusive first win in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has been installed as an 8-1 shot for the meeting's showpiece event by Paddy Power, who have Game On Dude topping the market at 10-3.
The Marco Botti-trained Planteur is rated a 25-1 shot for the same race.
High-class mare The Fugue tops Power's Breeders' Cup Turf betting at 11-4, with the O'Brien-trained Magician a 6-1 chance and Jeremy Noseda's Grandeur at 14-1.