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Torcedor is a talented stayer with a penchant for Ascot – perhaps not surprising given he is quite closely related to four-time Gold Cup winner Yeats.
His exploits led to him changing hands for a large but undisclosed amount in July 2018 and being switched from the yard of Jessica Harrington to Andreas Wohler in Germany. His new owners would like to target him at the Melbourne Cup.
Torcedor was a runaway winner of the Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in the spring of 2018 and he then finished third behind Stradivarius and Vazirabad in the Gold Cup – being beaten three parts of a length. Order Of St George, a familiar rival to him, was fourth.
Harrington said: “Torcedor has run a brilliant race. He saw the trip out very well today and kept on finding all the way to the line.
“He goes on that ground, but on soft ground, he probably goes on it better than other horses. He goes just as well as other horses on fast ground, but I think he does like softer conditions. It was a great performance and hopefully we’ll bring him back again next year.
Torcedor’s jockey Colm O’Donoghue added: “He ran a tremendous race. Mrs Harrington had a lot of faith in him coming here and she knew he was in top form. Obviously, we are disappointed but it was a good run.”
He had also filled the runner-up spot at Ascot in the curtain opener for QIPCO British Champions Day in 2017, the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup over two miles. He looked sure to win a furlong out but Order Of St George wore him down in the final strides.
Torcedor had previously got the better of Order Of St George in the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan in April, albeit in receipt of 5lb, but had been no match for the same rival in the Irish St Leger – being beaten nine lengths into second.
On his latest start he again showed himself to be among the best stayers in the business, making most in the Qatar Goodwood Cup before being worn down late on by old rival Stradivarius. He went down by half a length.
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