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Ascot Unlikely For Hannon Star Duo If Rain Arrives

Friday, 18th October 2013

Star UK gallopers Sky Lantern and Toronado are unlikely to run on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday if the ground is soft, reports 1.skysports.com. If that is the case, then that would leave Choisir colt Olympic Glory as Richard Hannon's only runner in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (8 furlongs). All three horses hold entries in the £1 million Gr1 feature, while Sky Lantern has two possible alternatives – the Gr1 Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) or a trip to Hong Kong. Hannon has confirmed Olympic Glory as a certain runner, but Toronado could be rerouted to the Breeders' Cup if the forecast rain eventuates. "The filly (Sky Lantern) likes fastish ground and so does Toronado, but Olympic Glory could be the one for there (Ascot)," explained Hannon. "Ascot drains very quick but I think there's more rain forecast, so we'll have to play it by ear." Hannon continued, "I would imagine, as it stands with the ground soft, Olympic Glory will go there, Toronado will go to the Breeders' Cup and the filly would probably go nowhere - or she might to Hong Kong." Hannon added that Olympic Glory, runner-up to Maxios in the Gr1 Prix du Moulin last start, would wear blinkers after reacting positively to them in track work during the week.

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