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Toronado - Newmarket 18/04/2013

Toronado could step up in trip to avoid a meeting with Olympic Glory

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Superstars Toronado and Al Kazeem could clash

TORONADO may move up in trip for a mouthwatering match-up with triple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem in the wake of stablemate Olympic Glory's re-emergence as a force in his own right at the mile distance.

With both colts in the same ownership and unlikely to chase the same targets, Richard Hannon jnr said the £750,000 Juddmonte International over 1m2f was under consideration as a next option for Toronado following his defeat of 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach in Goodwood's Sussex Stakes.

A trip to York next week would pitch Toronado against the Roger Charlton-trained Al Kazeem, who has won the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes and Eclipse Stakes this season and who, alongside Olympic Glory, is rated the second-best racehorse in training in Britain on a Racing Post Rating of 127, with Toronado top on 130. Yet the York clash is a move that Toronado's owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani may now seriously consider following Olympic Glory's near-miss in Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois.

"There is a chance Toronado might get a mile and a quarter anyway," Hannon jnr said yesterday.

"Of the two, he is more likely to go further than Olympic Glory. The Juddmonte International is not out of the question, but we are just going to see how he goes this week. He had quite a tough race at Goodwood."

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