Toormore puts his Classic credentials on the line when he reappears in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.
Last season’s champion two-year-old will have to do something extraordinary if he is to challenge Kingman at the head of the Qipco 2000 Guineas market following his sensational performance in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Toormore earned his place as the number one juvenile colt after going through his two-year-old campaign unbeaten in three races, culminating with victory in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh.
Richard Hannon’s charge is among six horses declared for the Craven over the Rowley Mile and has to carry a 3lb penalty, as does stablemate Anjaal, winner of the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket. He was fourth to War Command in the Dewhurst Stakes on his only subsequent start.
Be Ready is well thought of by Godolphin and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt looked a promising type when beating the Hannon-trained Barley Mow by three lengths in a Listed race at Doncaster in September.
The Grey Gatsby was highly tried last term, finishing second in both the Acomb and Champagne Stakes before being unplaced in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Completing the sextet are Marco Botti’s Patentar, who won his only start in good style at York, and the Luca Cumani-trained Postponed, runner-up to Oklahoma City in the �500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy at Newmarket.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines