Ellison lands double ahead of Ascot raid
Brian Ellison will head to Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday full of confidence after bagging a double, albeit under a different code, at Wetherby.
The Malton handler will saddle his first Group One runner in England as Top Notch Tonto tackles the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
He was added to the field at a cost of £70,000 and at least after the victories of Mixed Message (15/8 favourite) in the juvenile hurdle and Stormy Weather (17/2) in the two-mile handicap hurdle, Ellison knows his horses are in good heart.
The Charlie Longsdon and Noel Fehily bandwagon rolled into Wetherby and they left with the featured Bobby Renton Handicap Chase as Grandads Horse got up.
Despite the 2/1 favourite travelling sweetly into the straight, he was all out to beat Tara Rose and No Planning.
Former Dermot Weld inmate Three Kingdoms – now in the care of John Ferguson – easily justified 9/4 favouritism under Denis O'Regan in the novice hurdle.