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Toormore beats Outstrip Vintage Stakes 31.7.13

Toormore (near side) has won both of his starts this season

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Toormore to have final start at two in National

TOORMORE has looked very good on both career starts and he will race just once more this season, with the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday to be his final start at two according to Richard Hannon.

Viewed as "a horse for next year", the National Stakes will be Toormore's hardest task to date with Sudirman, Astaire and Wilshire Boulevard also among those still left in the €200,000, 7f contest.

Should the Group 2 Vintage Stakes winner at Glorious Goodwood come through the test with his unbeaten record in tact, he may well be considerably shorter for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas, for which he is 20-1.

"We have spoken to Tim Palin, racing manager to Middleham Park Racing, who own Toormore, and we think that the Irish race is right for him," Hannon told his website.

"Toormore has bags of scope and is very much a horse for next year, but we were anxious to give him one more run this season and the race at The Curragh comes at the right time.

 "It is a Group 1, so will be tough, but Toormore has done well physically since he won the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, and this is the next step up the ladder for a colt who we have always rated highly."

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