Approach all set for Toronado clash in Sussex

Dawn Approach will clash with Toronado for a second time when the pair lock horns in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 31.

The Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach beat Toronado in the 2000 Guineas and bounced back from a woeful Derby effort to again account for Richard Hannon’s runner in the St James’s Palace Stakes, although there was only a short-head to split the pair at Royal Ascot.

* Jockey Brian Toomey reportedly made “good steady progress” over the weekend as he continues to recover from serious head injuries suffered in a fall at Perth on July 4.

Toomey, 24, was hurt when the Lisa Harrison-trained Solway Dandy fell heavily three out in the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where he remains in a stable condition having undergone an operation to reduce swelling on his brain on July 7.

In a statement issued on Monday, Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said: “I spoke to Marian Toomey, Brian’s mother, earlier today and she reported that Brian made good steady progress over the weekend and remains in a stable condition.”

* Riposte and Venus De Milo have been supplemented for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

Trained respectively by Lady Cecil and Aidan O’Brien, connections of the two fillies have stumped up the €40,000 required to allow them to contest the Irish Classic.

Riposte was a striking winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on her last start, while the unbeaten Venus De Milo claimed an Oaks trial at Naas towards the end of June.

Thirteen fillies have stood firm at the final entry stage, with Ralph Beckett having confirmed Investec Oaks one-two Talent and Secret Gesture.

Talent sprang a major surprise when slamming her better-fancied stable companion in Epsom’s mile-and-a-half Classic at the end of May. An attempt to complete the English-Irish Oaks double has been on her agenda ever since.


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