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Report judorick April 28, 2013 11:00 PM BST
miles clear by my ratings (the fav), will be a shock if he is beaten in my eyes
Report BJG April 29, 2013 12:24 PM BST
Correspondent (GB)     3        9 0     Mrs P. Good     Brian Meehan
Cristoforo Colombo (USA)     3        9 0     Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith     Aidan O'Brien
Dawn Approach (IRE)     3        9 0     Godolphin     J. S. Bolger
Dont Bother Me (IRE)     3        9 0     Mr Edric Browne     Niall Moran
Garswood (GB)     3        9 0     Mr D W Armstrong & Cheveley Park Stud     Richard Fahey
George Vancouver (USA)     3        9 0     Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith     Aidan O'Brien
Glory Awaits (IRE)     3        9 0     A & A     Kevin Ryan
Kyllachy Rise (GB)     3        9 0     Mr Arjun Waney     Sir Henry Cecil
Leitir Mor (IRE)     3        9 0     Mrs J. S. Bolger     J. S. Bolger
Lines of Battle (USA)     3        9 0     J Allen/Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith     Aidan O'Brien
Mars (IRE)     3        9 0     Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier     Aidan O'Brien
Moohaajim (IRE)     3        9 0     Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum     Marco Botti
Toronado (IRE)     3        9 0     HE Sh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani     Richard Hannon
Van Der Neer (GB)     3        9 0     Mr Saeed Manana     Richard Hannon
Report DMCK April 29, 2013 12:45 PM BST
thanks BJG

still think it could be only 8 runner race.
Report EastLower Gooner April 29, 2013 1:12 PM BST
Lines of Battle will have an interesting week...So he has his first taste of dirt and if he doesn't like it, the first plane back from Churchill and to Newmarket :o
Report Figgis April 29, 2013 2:16 PM BST
Looking back at my ratings for the last 10 years, the only Guineas Toronado would've won on that Craven showing was the Refuse to Bend one, and that would only be narrowly. As I'd missed the fancy prices for Dawn Approach I intended to sit the race out, but if he's in form I just can't see anything that can give him a real race. Mars is the only dark horse but it'll be a massive step up from his maiden win to beating DA. The only other once raced winner I can recall is Golan (who I backed) and his maiden win was much better than the form Mars has shown, also his Guineas was below average. It's just a question of whether DA has trained on or not, something I find difficult to nail a price to, but if he touches 6/4 when he's a definite runner I'll definitely be backing him.
Report unclepuncle April 29, 2013 2:26 PM BST
Will be fascinating to see what Aiden actually runs and who rides what - his runners are the only conceivable dangers to the front two imo.
Report Sankara April 29, 2013 2:34 PM BST
Van der Neer for me. A fast run mile on decent ground will be right up his street and should see plenty of improvement. His Racing Post Trophy run on unsuitable ground isn't all that far off the best of these, and Saturday's conditions are likely to be much more suitable.
Report Tascro April 29, 2013 2:42 PM BST
Lets hope Sankara. I have been backing him all winter. Still think he has a sporting chance. who will ride? I presume moore will be riding for ballydoyle?
Report Tascro April 30, 2013 12:38 PM BST
Buick booked for Van Der Neer. Very happy with that
Report Sankara April 30, 2013 12:54 PM BST
Yes that'll do. Wonder why not Peslier - perhaps he has commitments in France.
Report kincsem May 1, 2013 1:37 AM BST
This might be the kiss of death but
€20 double: George Vancouver 17, What A Name 6 on Betfair.
When they are withdrawn I'll have a proper bet. Mischief
Report BJG May 1, 2013 7:10 PM BST
Joseph O'Brien set for Cristoforo Colombo in Guineas, with Seamie Heffernan on Mars and Colm O'Donoghue on G Vancouver
Report kincsem May 1, 2013 7:42 PM BST
If anyone want to lose the will to live they can read my post about Dawn Approach's pedigree in Irish Sports / Dawn Approach Update.
He might be a monster.  They run to find out.
Report jair1970 May 1, 2013 8:02 PM BST
Hey Kincsem, long time no see! ANy long range Derby fancies?

Anyway, Hefferman on Mars is a big 'ain't gonna win nothin' which is a shame.  Soon as Ryan Moore was confimed in Kentucky I had bad vibes on that.  Ah well.  All in Cristoforo Columbo to do a Henrythenavigator ON FAST GROUND!
Report Figgis May 1, 2013 9:26 PM BST
Possibly Dawn Approach won't be one to progress through the season, but looking at the Guineas opposition I don't believe he has to improve at all to see them off. As long as he hasn't gone backwards, like O'Brien's Maybe had last year when she was fav for the 1000.
Report Sankara May 1, 2013 9:58 PM BST
The opposition could improve Figgis.
Report Figgis May 1, 2013 10:15 PM BST
They could, Sankara, but they will need to find more improvement than Henrythenavigator had to find to narrowly beat DA's sire. Toronado and Mars aside, there doesn't look to be any on an upward curve with untapped potential, certainly not any that look like they'll stay the mile anyway.
Report kincsem May 1, 2013 10:16 PM BST
jair1970
Hello.  Nice to see you are still lurking.

I have no idea yet on the Oaks and Derby.
Rule 1: wait until the week of the race to bet.
Rule 2: unbeaten horses will be beaten.

Flops: Alhaarth, Tenby, Hector Protector, One Cool Cat, Hawk Wing, St Nicholas Abbey.
Report Figgis May 1, 2013 10:27 PM BST
Certainly, any horse is capable of flopping from 2 to 3, although I wouldn't call Hawk Wing's Guineas performance a flop. I don't see that inability to mature is necessarily the issue, though, as Hawk Wing and SNA put up good improved performances later in their careers.
Report jair1970 May 1, 2013 11:20 PM BST
Enjoyed your pedigree analysis Kincsem, good stuff.

Tying in with another thread that I loyally update each year, the foaling date one (I know it's tenuous at best but bear with me here) and Dawn Approach is a comparatively young horse and his foaling date is very late (23rd April) especially for one that showed early form.

That suggests that if he was able to do what he did early on last year, he could well be an exceptionally talented sort.  Whether he can train on is a moot point but he's no 'old' January 3yo that was bigger and stronger earlier through age...
Report roobuck May 2, 2013 9:23 AM BST
I am intrigued by your assessment of DA figgis. You commented on another thread that you have a couple of DA's performances 5lbs ahead of Toronado in the Craven.

To my mind DA's best performance was in the Coventry and his subsequent performances did not prove progression as they were both weak races. So are you saying that the DA that turned up that day could give weight and a beating to the Toronado that turned up at the Craven?
Report Figgis May 2, 2013 9:30 AM BST
Roobuck, DA's Coventry performance was good but I have him improving 2lbs on that in the National Stakes then replicating the improved form in the Dewhurst. Yes, in my opinion, those 2 runs were 5lbs better than Toronado's Craven showing, which looked better than it actually was because he had his own way in front and the rest ran below their very best.
Report roobuck May 2, 2013 9:38 AM BST
So please explain much closer finishing of Letir Mor in Dewhust? You saying that fellow improved tons in the interim?
Report Figgis May 2, 2013 9:53 AM BST
I don't use the official pounds per length scale, which is just plain wrong and greatly overestimates the effect of weight, imo, so in that particular race I have DA giving him close to a 9lbs beating. It was an improved run from Leitir Mor but not a huge leap and nothing out of the ordinary, he'd run to a decent level on his first few starts then lost his way a bit. It's not unusual for horses to run out of their skin in the Dewhurst, usually the most competitive 2yo race in the calendar where young horses are pushed to their very limits at a strong pace. Many of them never go on to run to the same level, old form books are littered with such runners.
Report sintonian May 2, 2013 10:00 AM BST
Before the Guineas is run, it is sometimes worth looking at the Derby market as some punters can't help but believe the hype and believe a horse is going to do a Guineas/Derby double. In the last two days I have place layed Toronado for the Derby at 15/8 - 2.90. Not for much, £60, but for this is an appaling price. Yes, on breeding he looks a Derby candidate, but IF he wins the Guineas, there is a good chance he will wait for the St.Jamess.Palace stakes at Royal Ascot and even if he heads straight to the Derby there after, the line-up for that race is still massively unclear yet it is stocked full of horses from all the top stables that are bred for the job. He could still finished unplaced against some of those. It's a mental price and one i'm happy to keep chipping away at. Yesterday on Twitter, Hughesy commented that Ninjango, who was an impressive win of a listed race over 6f yesterday at Ascot, was leading Toronado at home. This probably says how much speed Toronado has. He could be best at 8-10f.
Report BJG May 2, 2013 10:13 AM BST
Cristoforo Columbo declared with Cheekpieces Shocked


Leitir Mor in too
Report BJG May 2, 2013 10:14 AM BST
Lines of Battle the only 1 take out - 13 declared
Report roobuck May 2, 2013 10:56 AM BST
Not surprised at Letor Mor in. Why else run over 5f other than to prepare to run as a pacemaker?

Agree re Toronado. Look at how the likes of Dundonnell who is seen as a potential sprinter were struggling a full 3 furlongs out in the Craven shows to me that  Toronado sure ain't slow.
Report HarmonicaPhil May 2, 2013 1:37 PM BST
The way the draw has panned out I can see Toranado making for the stand rail and  being hard to catch with DA drawn wide and having to maybe come over
Do we know if stalls will be on stand side yet or are they always in the centre these days
Report BJG May 2, 2013 1:38 PM BST
Middle
Report BJG May 2, 2013 1:39 PM BST
that the stalls for the 2,000 Guineas will be placed in the middle of the track going G to F gd in plc
Report roobuck May 2, 2013 2:33 PM BST
I'd personally be surprised if they go any other way than right down the middle. Toronado drawn next door to the likely pacemaker in Leitir Mor
Report zilzal1 May 2, 2013 2:52 PM BST
Going stick now 8.7, even with watering to maintain i reckon it will be around 9(which is fast) if weather remains warm with a wind
Report Millerracing67 May 2, 2013 3:04 PM BST
Looking forward to the Classic wkend action from Newkt.
2 cracking races in-store (2000 & 1000 gns).
Expect the 1st 2 in the market of the 2000gns to fight out the finish, fancy Dawn Approach to get the better of Toronado in the run to the line, with 1 of the AOB colts in 3rd.
Report zilzal1 May 2, 2013 3:12 PM BST
Id be worried about DA on fast ground, he did hang left at Ascot and didnt look entirely suited by the dip on easier ground in the Dewhurst
Report Millerracing67 May 2, 2013 3:16 PM BST
Did the trainer not take him out of a race last year because he thought the ground was on the soft side? Personally I don't see g/f ground being any probs to this horse, or the track.
Report zilzal1 May 2, 2013 3:19 PM BST
I suppose if you are on AP at a price its different, he's no form on fast ground, like a few of these, i wouldnt be rushing for the 11-8. imo he'd be a good thing on soft ground.
Report roobuck May 2, 2013 3:45 PM BST
He won the National Stakes on heavy, no worry on soft ground. I think his best performance last season was in the Coventry on arguably the best ground he has raced on.

Fast ground will ask a very different question however.
Report sintonian May 2, 2013 5:09 PM BST
The going on the morning of the Coventry was GS. By race time it was Good. Remember, New Approach got done twice in his Guineas on GF & F. I reckon they may go off 7/4 JF's.
Report Figgis May 2, 2013 5:28 PM BST
It was described as good ground for Henrythenavigator's Guineas, sint, the times were in keeping with the description, even allowing for the headwind. It was described as firm for the Irish version, however, the times suggest it was nothing like proper fast ground, but you never know if they've mucked around with the rails at the Curragh so maybe it was. I do remember Bolger moaning about it after the event, personally I thought it was just a case of Henrythenavigator improving past NA over the trip at that stage.
Report kincsem May 2, 2013 6:21 PM BST
Nice comments sintonian on place-laying Toronado in the Derby place market.  Place laying in that market is an earner if you can place-lay  five or six 8/10f horses or soft ground horses.  They can't all be in the first three.
Report zilzal1 May 2, 2013 6:54 PM BST
Id say that the stick will be over 9 come around 3-00 sat, they are putting 6mm down tomorrow but id say that will be just enough to get it to good to firm(good) and if its dry sat night it will be really fast for the sunday
Report argosy May 2, 2013 11:05 PM BST
Dawn Approach has beaten nothing and is the most over hyped horse in years. The only decent horse he has defeated is Olympic Glory who had had virtually no experience bar trotting up in a weak maiden at Goodwood before he ran at Ascot. Just like Teofilo, Bolger has hyped this horse for the Godolphin money. He said Teofilo was a Triple Crown prospect. That was rubbish. Just Lay the hype!
Report lingbleed May 3, 2013 12:02 AM BST
teofilo got injured so , he could have been a triple crown prospect
Report jair1970 May 3, 2013 12:22 AM BST
Fast ground for O'Brien's 3 is gonna draw at least one of them closer to the favourite.
I've been desperately trying to put a positive spin of Heffernan's booking on Mars & in truth he's had a fair old record when he's been on horses with chances, so it's not entirely forlorn.  I do suspect they are using this as a Derby prep like the did the ill-fated Horatio Nelson, meanwhile depending on the result i'd imagine Cristoforo Columbo & George Vancouver will be off to The Irish 2000.

Until they ran him in the Middle Park CC looked like their Guineas horse & had rotten luck with soft ground abound all year

They've ballsed up a few Guineas in their time but I think these 3 horses are the best 'team' they've sent in some while, and it's interesting that they've let the stable boys ride them as in the past they've always booked top jocks for their lesser lights.

Can they win it?  Dunno, but I fancy at least one of them will beat Toronado. :)
Report roobuck May 3, 2013 10:59 AM BST
Intrigued that Henry has decided to send a maiden for this - completely irrational but v small e/w and place
Report jonibake May 3, 2013 11:39 AM BST
Intriguing indeed Roo. Newmarket man in Weekender actually fancies him more than Moohajim. Nothing wrong with a little ew at 66-1.

I am with Jair on this race. The drying ground HAS to bring at least the two "Henry" horses into it. I backed GV ages ago in the hope that we would get this ground and so was quite optimistic until jockey bookings! I still think he will run his race. He has 3 lengths to make up on the fav but that was on good to soft and we know he is a COMPLETELY different horse on fast ground. I am not saying he'll beat him but i DO think, as long as he is fit, he has to get closer and that might put him in the frame. For me he has less question marks than CC who has never raced beyond 6f. JOB clearly would not agree and I suppose he know just a LITTLE bit more than me!

I notice DA is drifting like a barge and I wouldn't even be surprised if he goes off second fav on the day. I was watching Toronado's Craven again last night and you can't help but be impressed by the way he puts his head down and really stretches away. You can say what you want about the opposition that day but they were not mugs and he put them away very impressively. A very fast and fluent action and he'll love the ground. Will DA?

I haven't backed him and probably won't now either at the prices but I think he is the most likely winner.
Report sintonian May 3, 2013 12:09 PM BST
Richard Hughes is very open and upfront with his opinions in the press. Punters up and down the country will read them and back Toronado. Deffo chance he could go off Fav.
Report sintonian May 3, 2013 12:09 PM BST
Could be another Jacqueline Quest , Roo. Surprised
Report cryoftruth May 3, 2013 12:45 PM BST
Dawn Approach has beaten nothing and is the most over hyped horse in years.

I think you overstate your case somewhat! He is unbeaten in 6 races and has accounted for Olympic Glory, Christophoro Columbo and George Vancouver, winning at 5,6 and 7 furlongs with the strong likelihood at improving over further.

I am not sure he should be quite as short as 7/4 but he is top rated by RPR and Timeform.
Report Figgis May 3, 2013 12:54 PM BST
7/4 looks very fair to me, even considering we haven't seen him this season. I don't see the ground being any obstacle whatsoever and if he's beaten I won't be excusing him on that score. I'm surprised Timeform only have him 2lbs ahead of Tornado, cryoftruth, how do you see it?
Report Figgis May 3, 2013 12:55 PM BST
*Toronado
Report sintonian May 3, 2013 1:02 PM BST
2/1 DA on here, 3.15 for Toronado.
Report BJG May 3, 2013 3:03 PM BST
Richard Hannon has won the Qipco 2000 Guineas with Mon Fils, Don't Forget Me and Tirol, and is double-handed with Toronado and Van Der Neer on Saturday.

Toronado is undoubtedly the first string following his breathtaking performance in the Craven Stakes and connections are confident of upsetting unbeaten favourite Dawn Approach.

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "Toronado did his last proper piece of work last Sunday and goes to Newmarket in the form of his life."

He continued: "We always felt that he was more one for the Derby than the Guineas, but this spring he has been showing much more speed in the mornings than he did last year, so, while Dawn Approach is obviously a very good horse, we feel we have a solid chance of beating him.

"You had to be impressed with Toronado's dress rehearsal in the Craven as he did it the hard way, and it takes a good horse to win like that from the front, repeatedly quickening."

Racing Post Trophy runner-up Van Der Neer is an interesting outsider following a stylish comeback on the all-weather at Lingfield.

"Van Der Neer would not have the speed of Toronado and may eventually prove a 10-furlong horse, but his form is solid. He was second to Kingsbarns in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, where he hated the soft ground, and his preparation this spring could not have gone better," said Hannon jnr.

"Lingfield would not have been his track, but he won his trial there in spectacular fashion considering that he was only 80% straight, and he did not take the home turn well and was still last straightening up. Like Toronado, Van Der Neer is very laid back and uncomplicated, and I can easily see him finishing in the four."

Richard Hughes will be partnering Toronado and believes he compares favourably with former Hannon stable star Canford Cliffs, who was third in the Guineas before going on to claim five consecutive Group One prizes.

Hughes told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk:: "I have been so impressed with Toronado this season and put him right up there with Canford Cliffs - and maybe even in front. Dawn Approach is a very good horse, but he invariably hits a flat spot and I think we will win."



Shocked
Report JayTrumpOldTomDubbl May 3, 2013 4:58 PM BST
If it was Hannon senior being bullish, I would be more inclined to listen. But the younger one ?, think zoe bird, or the plural of our featered friends, even.........junior thinks all his will win, any word from the master of Coolcullen?.......or listen lads........
Report roobuck May 3, 2013 6:47 PM BST
Just had a look at the prices on Oddschecker for this and Laddies are a disgrace - shortest price on virtually everything
Report jair1970 May 3, 2013 7:09 PM BST
Agree that a Cecil outsider brings memories of JQ...

Anyone with longer memory than me know if he ever sends no-hopers? [I missed his golden age]

Or indeed anything about the owners?
Report jair1970 May 3, 2013 7:09 PM BST
Agree that a Cecil outsider brings memories of JQ...

Anyone with longer memory than me know if he ever sends no-hopers? [I missed his golden age]

Or indeed anything about the owners?
Report kincsem May 3, 2013 7:21 PM BST
http://www.chef-de-race.com/dosage/classics/2013/2013_2000_guineas_preview.htm
Report roobuck May 3, 2013 7:31 PM BST
I'm not sure I understand all of that. So if the lower the DI factor is best for stamina, a horse that won the Arc and Derby should really have been winning the Nunthorpe?
Report taffy May 3, 2013 7:47 PM BST
Having started this thread in August I would like to wish the Hannon team all the best with Toronado who is a wonderful horse with a superb temperament. I also think Van Der Neer will give a big showing.
With Dawn Approach still involved it looks like being a brilliant race. Good luck to all.
Report cryoftruth May 3, 2013 10:28 PM BST
I remember Bolkonski winning the Guineas at 33/1!

Trained by Sir Henry he was more promising that the thing he runs today. However I cannot let Henry's 2000 Guineas runner go unbacked.

I backed Dawn Approach at 16's and Toronado at huge odds but personally can make a case for both losing. Moojahim is still interesting on good ground.

Although I have saved on cristoforo, he looks dodgy with check pieces.
Report cryoftruth May 3, 2013 10:44 PM BST
Figgis I am sorry but I have no more insight or strong views about DA and Toronado. To some extent form is almost irrelevant when a 2 yo champ from last season meets a trial winner.

DA might still be the champ, but you can pick holes in his form. Toronado won a 4 runner Craven but looks very strong.

The betting suggests there may not be much to choose. I cannot split them - sorry.

If pressed I would just go for Toronado. I actually have the best 2000 Guineas book ever having backed them both at huge odds - well 40 and 16.

However I hope Moojahim wins!
Report cryoftruth May 3, 2013 10:52 PM BST
For those who forget the Henry glory years, it used to be possible to make a lot of money by backing Cecil horses blind.

I recall he once ran 8 2yo's before one lost!

He trained a crack 2yo called Diesis who won the Dewhurst  by about a furlong. In the paddock before the race the horse was playing up. Henry caught his eye across the paddock and Diesis looked sheepish and calmed down. Nobody got or gets into horses' heads like Henry.

His training of stayers was amazing. Le Moss was a true stayer. He won the stayers triple crown from Ardross, with no more than 3 feet the total aggregate distance in all 3 races. The following year he trained Ardross and won the same triple crown again. Ardross was quite unlucky notto win the Arc as well.
Report Figgis May 3, 2013 11:19 PM BST
Well, possibly I'll end up eating my words tomorrow but, decent enough colt that he is, I think people have gone overboard about Toronado's Craven form, I don't think it was that much better than an average winning Craven performance.
Report steview84 May 3, 2013 11:54 PM BST
figgis eats his words tomorrow (nap)
Report jair1970 May 4, 2013 12:53 AM BST
I agree with Figgis here re: Toronado.

How many trial winners go off 2/1?
Plenty of horse have looked good winning Greenhams and Cravens.
He's awfully short in the betting by any stretch
Report Tascro May 4, 2013 8:01 AM BST
Best of luck to everyone, the wait is nearly over. Would be delighted if Van der Neer gets in the 3. This really fast ground should suit. If not would like to see R hughes win an english classic, would be well deserved
Report kincsem May 4, 2013 11:17 AM BST
We all have our hopes and dreams until they race.  It is building up nicely.  Good luck.
Report cryoftruth May 4, 2013 12:24 PM BST
yes good luck everybody.
Report roobuck May 4, 2013 12:45 PM BST
Decided that the current price of Toronado was too good so have layed off some of my position to green up on the race.
Report Figgis May 4, 2013 2:16 PM BST
The firmness of the ground looks to have been greatly overstated, if the time of the first race is any reliable guide.
Report BJG May 4, 2013 2:55 PM BST
Seemed v quick in the Sprint didnt it Confused
Report BJG May 4, 2013 2:56 PM BST
Johnny Murtagh: "It's good, fast ground. There'll be a few excuses but if you get beat, the horse wasn't fast enough"
Report Figgis May 4, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Yeah the sprint was fast, possible that the ground is drying rapidly or it just could be due to wind strength/direction changes. Either way, I agree with Murtagh's statement.
Report roobuck May 4, 2013 3:58 PM BST
Got to say he was very impressive. Well done all backers
Report unclepuncle May 4, 2013 3:58 PM BST
Was never in doubt since last June tbh.
Report PeteTheBloke May 4, 2013 4:11 PM BST
Looks like a good horse. A worthy Derby fav.
Report Graeme83 May 4, 2013 4:16 PM BST
Penalty kick
Report sintonian May 4, 2013 5:04 PM BST
Only thing I got right on this years 2000 Guineas was taking a place lay on Toronado for Epsom before the race. Otherwise, some shocking punts have gone awry!

Well done DA backers. 6/4 Fav for Epsom now.
Report sintonian May 4, 2013 5:05 PM BST
wd figgis,Bjg,Graeme, anyone else.
Report sintonian May 4, 2013 5:11 PM BST
The Craven winner was the subject of sustained market support and plenty of stable confidence heading into the first Classic of the season but weakened inside the final furlong to finish fourth.

Richard Hannon junior said: "It looked like developing into a match a furlong out but our horse didn't really come home, it was very disappointing.

"Obviously the winner is a very good horse and well done to Jim Bolger, he's pretty good, isn't he?

    Profiles

    Toronado (IRE)
    R Hannon

"Hughesie said he felt like he's been in a two-mile chase, he felt legless, he was just going up and down.

"Whether there's something on him, I don't know. We'll do all the tests to see if anything is wrong but apart from that, I didn't see too many excuses to be honest. He was beaten by a very good horse fair and square."
Report Lance in France May 4, 2013 5:35 PM BST
There was a doubt unclepuncle. When Godophin got hold of him, if they shipped him out of Bolgers it wouldn't have been clever. There was a period of doubt during last summer of their intentions. Apart from that though...
Report cryoftruth May 4, 2013 6:54 PM BST
Won the Guineas by 5 lengths - a superb effort by the trainer, getting him to win first time out after he won the first 2yo race last year in Ireland.

Not sure what he beat though as I am sure Toronado never ran his race. My first guess at a rating is 125 for Dawn Approach.
Report Figgis May 4, 2013 7:37 PM BST
It was a cracking performance on my clock, the rain was obviously progressively getting into the ground judging by the latter races. After the mighty Frankel, whose Guineas performance was in a league of its own, of the last 10 Guineas winners Sea The Stars win was the next best, but I have DA narrowly ahead of that by 1lb. Sea The Stars went on to improve again on that, I don't know if DA can, but whether he does or not, that was the third best Guineas performance I've seen in the last 20 years, bettered only by Frankel and Zafonic. Undoubtedly Toronado's finishing position is not a true reflection of his ability, but he travelled perfectly well for most of the race, in my view he just paid the price for running competitively in a race run at a much stronger early pace than he'd ever faced before in his short racing career.
Report Far From Trouble May 4, 2013 8:40 PM BST
Toronado is a 6f sprinter imo Shocked

Then again I said similar about Canford Cliffs after he also finished third in the Guineas Laugh
Report Millerracing67 May 4, 2013 9:05 PM BST
Classy performance from Dawn Approach (again) Cool
Track & ground no probs then eh. Shocked
Report PeteTheBloke May 4, 2013 9:06 PM BST
The pace looked frantic but the clock says the race was slow half a second. I thought DA looked
really powerful the way he accelerated and I don't see why he shouldn't make a smashing 10 furlong
horse - which is what Vincent O'Brien reckoned you needed for an Epsom Derby. I think he'll be
slight odds on if he gets to the course OK. Have they said what else he'll be aimed at?
Report sintonian May 4, 2013 9:09 PM BST
How many Group 1 sprinters does High Chapparal get? Toronado would be against the grain in that respect. Maybe he just got found out today as his 2yo form isn't strong at all. We'll see what they do next, but apparently Van Der Neer is Dante bound so maybe Toronado will wait for Royal Ascot.
Report sintonian May 4, 2013 9:10 PM BST
Not yet Pete. Decision in a few days or so i'd imagine.
Report SEATHESTARS....NO1 May 4, 2013 10:35 PM BST
150/1er in 2ndConfused Ok beat 5 lengths, but, still 150/1! I have to ask, what do you guys think about that?
Report Graeme83 May 4, 2013 10:52 PM BST
slim shady was about 5 lengths behind frankel...albeit in a different fashion lol
Report ChildOfMine2 May 4, 2013 11:52 PM BST
Good going Argosey ExcitedLaugh
Report Millerracing67 May 5, 2013 2:36 PM BST
He is out 2day at the shops ^^.
Spotted in one of those cash lending shops Shocked
After that gd call on Dawn Approach Crazy
"Some mothers do have em" Laugh
Report Howellsy May 5, 2013 7:04 PM BST
Slim Shadey was not 5 lengths behind Frankel! Double that at least!
Report turnip turns May 5, 2013 8:50 PM BST
17.5L to be precise Mischief
Report unclepuncle May 6, 2013 7:04 AM BST
Whats 12.5L between friends.Laugh
Report Graeme83 May 6, 2013 10:52 AM BST
Dubawi Gold ????
Report sintonian May 6, 2013 11:05 AM BST
Hugeshy says Toronado was coughing afterwards. Ahem. *cough,cough*
Report PeteTheBloke May 6, 2013 1:48 PM BST
So was I. I'd had 16 to bleddy one.
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