Toronado (right) dishes out a beating to Dawn Approach at GoodwoodPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Toronado confirmed for International clash
THE blockbuster clash between Al Kazeem and Toronado in Wednesday's Juddmonte International is on after connections of Toronado confirmed their star colt for York on Monday morning.
Alongside the two heavyweight contenders in a final field of six for the Ebor meeting’s day one feature are Trading Leather, Hillstar, Declaration Of War and Rewarded.
“It’s all systems go for Toronado,” read a statement on trainer Richard Hannon’s website. “The plan is to run as long as there is not heavy rain.”
Sheikh Joaan’s five-time winner will tackle the extended 1m2f trip for the first time and goes into the Group 1 brimming with confidence after beating his nemesis Dawn Approach at the third attempt in the Sussex Stakes.
Declaration Of War also stood his ground and will hope to turn around the form of last month's Coral Eclipse at Sandown.
O'Brien said: "Declaration Of War is in good form. Obviously, he has not done much sinceDeauville, but what he has done we've been happy with.
"He loves fast ground and is a very hardy horse. He seems to be going the right way for his racing."
Paddy Power make the season's standout performer Al Kazeem their 11-10 favourite with Toronado next best at 7-4. Irish Derby hero Trading Leather is a 7-1 shot, while Declaration Of War (12-1), Hillstar (14-1) and Rewarded (100-1) complete the betting.
Telescope is among seven horses declared for the same day's Group 2 Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes. The opposition is led by Godolphin's Gordon Stakes winner Cap O'Rushes.
The ground at York was changed on Monday morning to good, good to firm places (from good) and a dry week is forecast.