Friday 21 October 2016

Tonto set for Boomerang return

Published 25/07/2015 | 19:52

Top Notch Tonto
Top Notch Tonto

Brian Ellison is looking at a return trip to Leopardstown for Top Notch Tonto following his gallant effort in defeat at York.

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The popular chestnut came with what appeared to be a winning run in the Sky Bet York Stakes but was collared late on by 10-1 shot Tullius.

Top Notch Tonto was fourth in the Boomerang Mile last year and has that Group Two on his agenda again.

Ellison said: "We can say he stays now, so I might start looking for more 10-furlong races.

"Then again, we'll probably go back to Ireland for the race he ran in last year."

Andrew Balding's smart winner, who finished last of five behind Golden Horn in the Coral-Eclipse on his previous start, got his head in front where it mattered as he prevailed by half a length.

Jockey Phillip Makin said: "They seem to go a nice gallop. He was off the bit early and came good turning in.

"I wasn't really thinking about the trip, he has run over it before.

"It was the ground, but he seemed to open up on it and he was fine."

Sam Hoskins, representing the winning owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: "It was a very late decision to run but William (Derby, clerk of the course) assured me there was no jar in the ground.

"He's a seven-year-old gelding so we don't have to worry about a stud career but we'd like him to carry on racing next year.

"He was second to Olympic Glory in the Lockinge last year and was beaten 10 lengths by Golden Horn in the Eclipse, giving him 11lb - though I'm aware you shouldn't read that much into that.

"His big aim is the Champion Stakes. I know he won't win but there's so much money on offer.

"Before that he'll probably go for the Joel Stakes at Newmarket as it is a penalty-free race.

"One thing we can say is that he definitely stays."

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