Vintage Win for King Torus

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes picked up one more victory when King Torus showed great style in an awesome six-length win in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

King Torus

King Torus

Regardless of carrying a 3lb penalty for his win in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, the horse never looked stressed.

Hughes said, "It was a serious performance. I wanted to make it (the running) and Frankie (Dettori, rider of Stentorian) did as well.

"We were flying and I picked it up with a good and two and a half furlongs to run and he absolutely sprinted up that rail.

"He was a big dope for a long time. In Ascot he was so raw I ended up having to race on my own.

"I begged the boss to put one of these ring-bits on because he loves to lean right.

"He's heavier in your hands and he leans right. I knew he'd love the rail."

Richard Hannon jnr said of the victor, "He was impressive there as he was carrying a 3lb penalty.

"He will probably go either for the Racing Post Trophy or the Dewhurst. Maybe the Dewhurst would be the preference as they go quite quick.

"He'll definitely get further. Hughesie (Richard Hughes) was impressed with the way he quickened.

"He doesn't show you a lot at home but he's a real star and could be anything."

Of the third, Hannon jnr added: "Major Art still looked a bit awkward but he reminds me a bit of Major Cadeaux.

"He might go for a Listed race at Deauville next."

Johnston commented on runner-up, Stentorian, "It was a good run but the winner went past us like we were standing still.

"Frankie (Dettori) said we could go over seven furlongs again but I think he is crying out for further.

"I think he will be better over a mile and the next suitable opportunity over that trip is the Royal Lodge."