Ascot in mix as Tonyx goes up in trip

Winning debutante surprised Walker at Salisbury

  • Tuesday 24 September
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Ed Walker may give Tonyx more experience at novice level after the three-year-old filly romped home by eight lengths on her belated racecourse debut at Salisbury.

The Upper Lambourn trainer will look to step up the daughter of Nathaniel up from a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half, should she go to Ascot on October 4.

“She might run back in a mile-and-a-half novice at Ascot in a couple of weeks,” he said.

“She only came to me a couple of months ago. She was at pre-training and was a late-maturing filly, and came into me in good nick.”

Tonyx’s hugely impressive debut performance, at 25-1 two weeks ago, was nonetheless a pleasant surprise.

Walker added: “She looks like being quite a nice filly.

“She had done a couple of pieces of work that we thought were nice.

“I felt she would need a bit further than that, and I didn’t expect her to win that emphatically. But she’s a galloper and she relaxed nicely and powered up the hill at Salisbury.

“I think she will get further, and I’m very happy with her.”

Ascot in mix as Tonyx goes up in trip
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