Toronado (red cap): has been purchased by Sheikh JoaanPICTURE: Racing Post
Sheikh Joaan buys top Classic hope Toronado
SHEIKH JOAAN has strengthened his hand for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas with the purchase of Richard Hannon's unbeaten Group 2-winner Toronado.
A 12-1 shot for the Guineas at Newmarket, Toronado will now run in Sheikh Joaan's colours, along with stablemate Olympic Glory and William Muir's Purr Along, who Sheikh Joaan has a half share in.
The purchase is another signal of intent from Sheikh Joaan, a son of the Emir of Qatar and half-brother to Pearl Bloodstock's Sheikh Fahad, who will have Dubai World Cup hope Planteur running in his colours for the first time at Meydan on Saturday night.
Speaking from Meydan, assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior confirmed the sale as said: "Toronado has been bought to race for Sheikh Joaan. He's a very nice horse and the Sheikh wanted a horse for the Classics this year and hopefully that's what he's got.
"The previous owners [Fiona Carmichael and Chris Humber] are very happy and wish him every success."
Considered as a prime candidate for the Investec Derby by the Hannon's and stable jockey Richard Hughes, Toronado is unbeaten in three starts including the Group 2 One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes.
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