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Toormore the each-way Guineas value

By James Boyle

All eyes will be on the Australia versus Kingman battle at Newmarket in tomorrow’s 2000 Guineas, but at best prices of 3/1 & 7/4 respectively, they’re taking up a fair chunk of the book. Maybe it will be fully justified come a couple of minutes after 3:50pm, but Australia is likely to excel over further than this 1-mile test and Kingman has to prove that he’s top-class over a mile, having won all three of his career starts over a furlong shorter and not looking one bit short of pace in the process. The latter, in particular, looks like an exceptional talent and that alone could be good enough to see him win this, but 7/4 isn’t enough to lure me in.

Richard Hannon fires three darts at the board with Night Of Thunder, Shifting Power and Toormore all representing the Herridge based handler. It’s the last mentioned that I’m most interested in and 9/1 is quite appealing as an each-way poke. The son of Arakan – who cost just £36k as a yearling – arrives as the top-rated performer with an official mark of 122 and if he runs to it, he should be nailed-on for a top three finish.

 

Unlike Australia, Toormore has the advantage of a recent run under his belt, one that occurred over C&D sixteen days ago. There, he gave The Grey Gatsby 3lbs and a 2-length beating, which was a solid effort, rather than being anything mind-blowing. That form alone shouldn’t be good enough to win a Guineas (the runner-up is an 80/1 chance), but it’s entirely likely that we’ll see Hannon’s charge improve considerably for the spin, with the prospect of a more truly run race a potential help as well.

The fact that he is tactically versatile is another help and being berthed in stall 14 shouldn’t be an issue, with the most likely scenario seeing Richard Hughes bounce his mount out into a handy early position. Whether he has the class of the top two in the market, I don’t really know, but he’s a solid horse who will give his running (barring disaster!) and it would be disappointing were he to finish outside of the top three. As such, I think that he’s a solid shout for those inclined to have an each-way bet and hopefully he’s good enough to see some place returns, if not a winning one. Whatever he does, it shouldn’t be for the lack of trying. The question is whether he’s up to the task, and I think he might just be…

 

Selection:

Toormore – 9/1 each-way, available with Ladbrokes.


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