Goodwood: Toormore can get back to winning ways in the Lennox
The Group 2 Lennox Stakes is the feature race on Day 1 of Glorious Goodwood and it looks like a perfect opportunity for the classy TOORMORE to get back to winning ways for the Richard Hannon team.
Last season’s Champion juvenile, Toormore has failed to hit the heights expected of him so far in his 3yo campaign, even more so having been victorious on his comeback run in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket. Saying that though, he has been running pretty well in Group 1 company with what can only described as a bumper crop.
Hannon’s charge ran a big race in what was a very messy 2000 Guineas, leading the group on the stand side throughout, with both the winner and the runner-up coming from the far side group. This was also one of the few performances where he was not too keen for his own good, which is usually the case.
The son of Arakan has a bad habit of pulling too hard in the early stages, a perfect example being in the St James Palace at Royal Ascot where he used up too much energy early on, before his challenged petered out in the closing stages. He still managed to finish only 6 lengths behind the brilliant Kingman that day, despite being eased down to the line.
He lines up in Group 2 company today and for a horse that has been performing at the highest level, must surely be up to taking a contest like this, against what, in truth, are some ordinary rivals, particularly now that Gregorian and stablemate Professor have been withdrawn.
The main rival now would seem to be Richard Fahey’s Garswood, who was a fine second in the Group 3 Criterion at Newmarket last time in the first time blinkers. The blinkers are replaced by a first time visor today, which may suit better but he has a stiff task on his hands to down Toormore in this one.
Of the rest, the gallant Es Que Love will probably fare best. Clive Cox’s 5yo always runs a gallant race but unfortunately, doesn’t get his head in front too often. He will more than likely fight it out for third with the likes of Amarillo and the forgotten horse of the field, Glory Awaits.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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