Toronado is to be fitted with a tongue-tie when he contests the St James's Palace Stakes
Toronado is to be fitted with a tongue-tie when he contests the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Last Updated: 09/05/13 12:54pm
A hugely impressive winner of the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, Richard Hannon's three-year-old was expected to challenge hot favourite Dawn Approach in the season's opening Classic last weekend.
However, while Dawn Approach ran out an impressive winner, Toronado passed the post well beaten in fourth and connections believe they may have found the reason why he ran below expectations.
Assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "Toronado's blood has come back fine, but we suspect that he might have suffered a displaced palate, which would explain why he hit the wall so quickly, so we will tie his tongue down next time.
"We also plan to dispense with the drop noseband and ride him with a little bit more restraint, and, having digested our options, we have decided to bring him back for the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. The round mile should suit him perfectly.
"We have certainly not lost faith in Toronado. Clearly, he did not show anything like his true form at Newmarket - we know that from his work at home with Van Der Neer (third in 2000 Guineas) - and we hope that we might have found the reason and that he will bounce back in style."