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Toormore named top juvenile

Richard Hannon's unbeaten juvenile Toormore has been crowned as top two-year-old in the European Thoroughbred Rankings.

Owned by Middleham Park Racing, Toormore won each of his three starts in 2013, completing his hat-trick with a most impressive display in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh in September.

He ended his juvenile campaign with a top rating of 122 and is an 8/1 chance with Sky Bet for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.

The son of Arakan is now officially in the care of Hannon's son, Richard junior, who took over the licence on New Year's Day.

Toormore is rated 2lb below Dawn Approach's mark of 124 when he was crowned champion juvenile after winning each of his six starts at two in 2012.

Second in the juvenile list behind Toormore on a figure of 120 is the Roger Varian-trained Kingston Hill, who won his three outings in little over a month culminating in a dominant display in Doncaster's Racing Post Trophy in late October.

Wesley Ward's American star No Nay Never and Aidan O'Brien's War Command are joint-third on 119.

No Nay Never won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot before heading to France to win a hot renewal of the Prix Morny at Deauville.

War Command was a brilliant winner of the Coventry Stakes at the Royal meeting and although he suffered defeat on his next start, he went on to win his next two including the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Jonathan Pease's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Karakontie is next in on 118, ahead of Australia, Outstrip and top juvenile filly Chriselliam on 117.

O'Brien's Australia, a son of Galileo out of Ouija Board, won twice from three starts in 2013, signing off with a smart performance at Leopardstown to take him to the head of ante-post lists for the Derby.

Outstrip was third in the Dewhurst before winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby.

The Charlie Hills-trained Chriselliam proved her Group One victory in the Fillies' Mile was no fluke by showing a blistering turn of foot to win the Breeders' Cup Fillies Juvenile Turf.

Spain's Noozhoh Canarias, narrowly beaten by Karakontie in the Lagardere, and David Wachman's three-times winner Sudirman are rated on 116.

In total 50 two-year-olds achieved a figure of 110 or above, with one of those on 111 being John Gosden's unbeaten Kingman, who had his season curtailed by a setback but remains prominent in the Guineas betting.