Toronado blows open betting for 2,000 Guineas

 

Newmarket

This really has been a blasted Heath over the past couple of days, but today the gale was rendered incarnate by a colt named Toronado. His runaway success in the last of its Classic trials crowned a pleasing revival in the significance of this meeting, Hot Snap and Garswood having won their own rehearsals impressively the previous day. But while both arguably owed something to the shelter they found from fierce gusts across the track, Toronado went gliding clear of what had become a tailwind – and blew apart the betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. Though Dawn Approach remains favourite, Toronado is no better than 4-1 to beat him back here in a fortnight.

Unbeaten at two, he was sent off at odds-on to beat just three rivals for the Novae Insurance Craven Stakes. If the opposition lacked depth, it did not lack quality and included a colt who had run him close in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last season. Dundonnell had admittedly been held up in his preparation, but when he came off the bridle he primarily seemed to be registering the improvement in Toronado since. The favourite had really taken the eye beforehand, after all, if still a little wintry in his coat; and Richard Hughes needed no more than hands and heels to send him bounding clear upon a long, buoyant stride.

There were four lengths in it at the line, Havana Gold ultimately edging the race for second. This was a sixth Craven success for their veteran trainer Richard Hannon but the Guineas is not the limit of his ambitions this time. Already he is adamant that Toronado is the best Epsom prospect he has ever had, and the odds against him emulating his sire, High Chaparral, in the Investec Derby were duly halved to 8-1 by Betfred. "There's no doubt he'll go a mile and a half," Hannon said. "But he has the speed to go round a place like Epsom, as well. He's a machine. He'll come back for the Guineas and whatever beats him will win, I guess."

Hughes seemed deeply impressed. "Even a month ago, I would have said he didn't have the electric turn of foot of Canford Cliffs," the jockey said. "I was worried he wouldn't have the pace for the Guineas. But the more serious work, the more he has started to come alive, and he's showing us everything now. He quickened into the dip today and he quickened again coming out of it. Not many can do that. At Doncaster I was nursing home a big, weak horse, but he's the real deal now."

Another unbeaten colt had already staked a possible Epsom claim in the Tattersalls Millions Stakes. Windhoek was ultimately all out to hold the promising Greatwood by a short head, with Ghurair breathing down their necks, but all three are likely to proceed to a Derby trial next. Windhoek had disappeared with a fractured pastern after a winning debut last May, and had lately been troubled by a foot abscess. Mark Johnston duly reckoned him 30 kilos overweight for his return and predicts corresponding improvement in the Dante Stakes.

Hot Snap's trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, meanwhile maintained his heartening start to life after Frankel by saddling Tickled Pink for a decisive success in a Group Three sprint – a remarkable achievement for a filly making her first start outside maiden company.

Fallen McCoy in hospital drama

It was a bad day for another of the modern Turf's outstanding achievers. Tony McCoy, on the cusp of an 18th consecutive title, was carried off the course after a hurdles fall at Cheltenham and taken to hospital with chest injuries. Officials stressed that McCoy remained conscious and had movement in all his limbs.

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Celestial Dawn (8.0 Bath) Course winner scrapes into this grade after being dropped a pound for failing to stay a longer trip on his return.

Next best

So Beloved (3.05 Newbury) Form of his maiden win last year proved strong and starts out in handicaps off a good mark.

One to watch

Leitrim Pass (William Haggas) Was extricated from traffic just too late at Kempton on Wednesday before flying home to be beaten by just a length.

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Arts and Entertainment
The sight of a bucking bronco in the shape of a pink penis was too much for Hollywood actor and gay rights supporter Martin Sheen, prompting him to boycott a scene in the TV series Grace and Frankie
tv
Sport
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Voices
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvName confirmed for third series
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
art
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine