Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes - 31st July 2013  

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Exciting Toormore Takes Vintage Stakes

1 Toormore 5/4F
2 Outstrip 5/1
3 Parbold 11/4
7 ran Distances: nk, 1½l, 2¾l
TIME 1m 27.57s (slow by 3.27s)

Toormore, described by Richard Hughes as 'one of the nicest two-year-olds in the yard', continued the tremendous Goodwood record of the rider and trainer Richard Hannon. In the Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes, the son of Arakan gave Hughes his third winner of Glorious week, and Hannon his fourth.



Hughes swooped typically late to take the seven-furlong Group Two contest by a neck from fellow previous maiden winner Outstrip, with Coventry Stakes runner-up Parbold a length and a half third.

"He's a big baby mentally and physically still," said Hughes, "so he did well there, the second horse kept on well and mine had three lengths to make up. He'll get a mile easily in time and though the Guineas is being talked about already that's a long way away. He is one of our nicest two-year-olds but he'll have to fill out and develop a bit more before he's the real deal."

Toormore is clearly held in some regard. "We left him out of Royal Ascot because he was a bit weak," said Hannon's assistant and son Richard, "and he still is. It looks as if he wants a mile now, and the Royal Lodge and the Dewhurst Stakes are races that will be on his agenda later in the season."

Asked if Toormore is the next Toronado, Hannon said: "That would be nice, wouldn't it?"

Hannon pointed out that the colt is the third cheaply-bought (£36,000 as a yearling) son of Arakan, based at Ballyhane Stud in Co Carlow, to win a Group race for the stable, the others being Dick Turpin and Trumpet Major.


Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2)
£75000.00 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
5 - 4
C Appleby
M Barzalona
9st 0lbs
5 - 1
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 0lbs
11 - 4
1 1/2 length
Rosso Corsa
M R Channon
M Harley
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
R Hannon
P J Dobbs
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1 length
M Johnston
S De Sousa
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
B J Meehan
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length


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Outstrip just failed to outstrip all when he went down by a neck to Toormore in the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes, though connections were far from disappointed with the the home bred's display.

This was only Outstrip's second run, his first being a impressive maiden win at Newmarket in June, and Simon Crisford, racing Manager for Godolphin, the Exceed And Excel colt's owners, commented: "He's run a super race and looked like winning every-where but the line. He's a nice colt. Seven furlongs next time - we will keep him to that trip.

"He showed a really good turn of foot when Mickael (Barzalona, jockey) asked him to go, the winner just came past us at the line but our colt is good. He will run in races like the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster - those are his long term targets."

Mickael Barzalona, jockey of Outstrip, added: "He ran very well."

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