Top Notch wins re-routed Peterborough Chase
Top Notch delivered another impressive display by winning the re-routed Grade 2 Peterborough Chase at Taunton yesterday.
The Ascot Chase is the likely next outing for the six-year-old, who remains a 6-1 chance for the Ryannair Chase – his Cheltenham Festival target – following a three-and-a-quarter length win over his Nicky Henderson stablemate, Josses Hill.
Tailing Josses Hill and Ptit Zig up front, Top Notch, who ran Yorkhill close in the JLT last season, was all efficiency and eased into the lead with two to jump.
“We never though he’d make a chaser,” confessed Henderson about the winner. We didn’t think he had the cope. But now we have to treat him as a proper horse.
“We went to Plumpton and Warwick with him last year and he’s now grown into a steeplechaser.
“He’s not grown in size but he’s grown in confidence. He’s matured. While Josses Hill is exuberant, Top Notch has his own efficient way of getting from A to B.
“The ground was sticky enough but we got the race in and got the job done. This was perfect for Top Notch. We’re looking at the Ascot Chase and the Ryannair. I think two-and-a-half miles in his trip.
“But if it wasn’t for Bristol De Mai, who has the same owners, I’d be gagging to go for the King George with him.”
Henderson beamed: “Well done to everyone for rearranging this race. Well done Taunton and the BHA. We desperately needed this race for our two. Where else would they have gone?”