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Top Notch Tonto retired for season


Tonto: future uncertain at this time

Top Notch Tonto has been retired for the remainder of the season and plans are currently fluid as to whether we will see him back next year.

He has returned home to his owner Keith Brown where he will be turned out and enjoy some well-deserved time off.

He is not getting any younger and although it’s a while since he last had his head in front, he has run some cracking races in defeat these last couple of years not least when finishing second at the Galway Festival last July.

Brian said: “ Tonto has had a lot of hard races and they have probably just caught up with him.

“After his second in Galway last year, he was found to have a hairline fracture of his near-fore cannon bone and missed the remainder of last season. Everything has probably just caught up with him.

“He has returned home to Keith’s and no plans will be made until the end of the year or later.

“He has been a fantastic horse to have in the yard and whether he is back next year or not we will always be grateful for the time we have had him here. His temperament is second to none and he is one of the kindest horses we have ever had to deal with.

“He will be missed for the rest of the season but he’s in good hands and happy.”