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  • 16:05 Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes 1m

  • (Group 3) £65,000 added 3yo 6 ran
  • Winner £36,862 2nd £13,975 3rd £6,994 4th £3,484
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 35.42s
  • Off time: 16:05:48

Toormore heads 15 Craven Stakes entries for Newmarket next Thursday

Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:22am

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Toormore: Heads the Craven possibles

Toormore: Heads the Craven possibles

Europe's champion two-year-old Toormore heads 15 entries in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes on Thursday.

Richard Hannon's unbeaten colt will warm up for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in this Group Three over the Rowley Mile in a dress rehearsal for the first colts' Classic.

He does, though, have to carry a 3lb penalty for lifting the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh in September.

There are two other horses with the same burden. They are Toormore's stablemate Anjaal, winner of the Group Two July Stakes, and Group One Phoenix Stakes scorer Sudirman, from David Wachman's County Tipperary stable,

Marco Botti is putting Patentar in at the deep end on the strength of his debut success in a York maiden in October.

"I am pretty sure that Patentar is much better than his official rating (of 87), but we will just have to see if he is a 115- or 120-rated horse - he will have to prove that on the track," said the Newmarket trainer.

"We had lots of other options with him but he has been working well and doing everything right at home and his owners want to find out how good he is. He was still a bit weak last year so we decided to give him plenty of time.

"The Craven looks a very hot race, an excellent trial for the Guineas horses, and I am realistic that this represents a big jump from winning a maiden.

"But he is one of our three-year-olds that we hold in high regard and we hope that he could be a Group-race horse.

"The step up to a mile shouldn't be a problem for him as he was doing his best work at the finish when he won over seven furlongs at York."

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