The first race of this year's Royal Ascot meeting will feature the Richard Hannon-trained pair of Night of Thunder and Toormore, who will be tested against the world's best milers in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I).
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Thirty-six entries, among them U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome and 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) victor Karakontie, have been received for the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) May 16 at Newbury.
France-based Charm Spirit denied 2-1 favorite Night of Thunder victory in the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), the latter not getting a clear run until too late Oct. 18 at Ascot.
The sole sophomore classic winner on show at British Champions Day Oct. 18 at Ascot attempts to regain the winning thread for the first time since he won the Qipco Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 3.
Classic winners Kingman and Night of Thunder will renew their hot rivalry June 17 at Royal Ascot in the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) for 3-year-olds.
Saeed Manana's Night of Thunder turned the tables on favorite Kingman by narrowly winning the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) from that rival in a 40-1 upset May 3 at Newmarket.
The QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) drew a full field of 14 for the first jewel of England's Triple Crown May 3 at Newmarket, with Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten homebred Kingman the pre-race favorite.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Toormore is the third group winner sired by Arakan, and the second out of Danzig line mare.
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Even-money favorite Toormore took the lead at the start and was never headed en route to a clear win in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 15 at the Curragh.
|Owner||MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING IX & JAMES PAK|
|Toormore (IRE) View Five-Cross Pedigree||Arakan||Nureyev|
|Far Across (GB)|
|Danetime Out (IRE)||Danetime (IRE)|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock||Redpender Stud||$56,952|
|Tale of Verve|