Toormore run remains in doubt
Connections of Toormore are still leaning against running him against this season - unless circumstances force their hand.
National Stakes winner Toormore is only likely to run in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on October 26 if he needs to reaffirm his position as the leading juvenile after Future Champions Day at Newmarket.
With the Middle Park and Dewhurst taking place at Newmarket on Saturday a startling performance from the winner of either of those two races could usurp Richard Hannon's colt from the top of the pecking order for two-year-olds.
The unbeaten son of Arakan has always been viewed as a horse for next year over middle distances but in just three races he has won a maiden, a Group Two and a Group One at the Curragh.
"We had no plans to run him again as we think he's heading to be crowned champion two-year-old which would be great," said Tim Palin, of owners Middleham Park Racing.
"Unless War Command was very impressive this weekend, or Great White Eagle did something spectacular, we think Toormore is currently top of the pile as it looks like Australia isn't going to run again.
"I think we'd only be tempted to run him if we needed to go out and prove that, but we don't want that to be seen as arrogance.
"When you think of all the comments about him this year that he's all mane and tail, that would be some achievement.
"Realistically, though, we view him as a Classic winner, not a champion juvenile.
"It's more than likely he'll reappear in the Greenham next year as he'll have no penalties in that.
"However, Doncaster is a possible, he's absolutely bouncing and it's a case of if we need to run. He's done what he's done this year despite it all being about next year with him."
One who could run for the syndicate in the Racing Post Trophy is another unbeaten colt, Chief Barker, who has a verdict over Fillies' Mile winner Chriselliam to his name.
"We think Chief Barker is a Derby horse and all year we've thought he'd be better over further," said Palin.
"He got away with the mile last time and after that we said all roads lead to the Derby, if he's good enough time will tell.
"Subsequently, of course, that form has been made to look top class. He's already got a rating which tells us we are not dreaming because Ruler Of The World was rated 109 before he won the Derby and we are already 103.
"We thought he was finished for the year but the Hannon yard have told us they've never seen any horse improve as much in a month as he has done. He's thriving, which is why we've left him in.
"Richard Hughes told us to put him away for the year after Haydock but that was before the runner-up came out and won a Group One. If the ground is soft that would play into his hands."