New owner for promising Richard Hannon colt Toronado
Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani has added to his Classic hand with the purchase of 2000 Guineas hopeful Toronado.
Last Updated: 29/03/13 2:55pm
Having already bought the Richard Hannon-trained Olympic Glory last season, Sheikh Joaan now has now snapped up his stablemate, who won the Champagne Stakes last term.
Both horses remain in Hannon's care, with his son and assistant Richard expecting the pair to be kept apart this term.
"Sheikh Joaan wanted a horse for this season's classics and, hopefully, he might now have two," said Hannon jnr on www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"Toronado is a very nice horse and one that we have always loved. He was unbeaten in three races as a two-year-old, including the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and, as with Olympic Glory, he has done really well physically through the winter.
"Obviously, Sheikh Joaan will be anxious to keep his two horses apart, so it is likely that one will go for the Newmarket Guineas and the other will head to Longchamp for the French equivalent and, while nothing is set in stone, both could take in one of the trials, with Toronado going for the Craven at Newmarket and Olympic Glory the Greenham at Newbury."