Last of 4 in a class 4 at Beverley in June; winless in 6 outings before joining Brian Ellison (at Hogwarts) Top Notch Tonto is denied 4 from 4 for his new yard only by the short head of Breden at Newmarket. His Group 3 win was put down to a freakish result in easy ground, then he comes out and wins on good to firm.
He is far and away the best of his owner Keith Brown’s 6 horses, three of whom have earned not a penny. TNT’s lifetime earnings are £95,000. Given how much of that has gone on training fees, Mr Brown must have been rooting around down the back of the sofa to come up with the £70,000 he has paid to supplement TNT for the QE II Stakes (3.30 Ascot) . Racing is full of optimists, so does this one take the Gold for optimism? Or are connections firmly grounded and simply convinced they’ll get in the first 3 and, at worst, make a profit from it?
Hopeless romantic that I am, I’ll go with the latter and back him each way at 16/1.
Good luck to all