Tonto Proves Top Notch
Tonto Proves Top Notch
Sporting Life

Ian McInnes’ concerns about rushing Top Notch Tonto back into action proved unfounded as the distinctive-looking juvenile claimed the opener at Beverley.

Easily recognisable by his four white legs, the chestnut son of Thousand Words was a good fourth over course and distance last Monday.

And despite his trainer’s fears the TurfTV Betting Shop Service Maiden Stakes could have been a bridge too far, Paddy Mathers’ companion showed a nice shift of gear to account for Pearl Noir by a length and a half.

McInnes said of the 17-2 winner: “My worry was I’d rushed him after last week, but I knew he’d appreciate the ground.

“I think he’ll get further than five furlongs, but I don’t know what we’ll do with him now.

“Caspar Netscher won this race last year but I’m not sure we’ll be going down that route.”

There was a nasty moment inside the first half a furlong when 4-1 favourite Panama Cat unseated Jamie Spencer, who was fortunate to walk away unscathed from the incident.

Made In The Shade (5-1) and jockey Amy Ryan coped best with a challenging crosswind to take the Fantastic Prizes At Lucky In Love Selling Stakes.

Paul Midgley‘s inmate went for broke three furlongs out, and never really looked like being overtaken by 5-2 favourite Red Shadow, who was half a length away.

Midgley, who bought back the three-year-old filly for £5,200, said: "She’s a big filly and is growing into her frame.

"Her heart’s in the right place and she’ll run when there’s races for her."

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