TOP NOTCH can be primed for a shot on the Ryanair Chase after a taking win at Kempton.
Nicky Henderson was delighted together with his eight-year-old’s return to fences revealing he suffered a setback early within the season.
He stayed on properly to win the Listed 32Purple On line casino Chase for outstanding homeowners Simon Munir and Isaac Soude.
Bookmakers reacted by chopping Prime Notch into as brief as Eight-1 for the Grade 1 Ryanair over two-and-a-half-miles.
Henderson mentioned of the 6-Four favorite: “He’s very particular. Simon and Isaac have not had the best run not too long ago, however while you’ve received a horse like this you all the time know he’ll get you out of hassle.
“He was very sick earlier than Christmas, solely as a result of he reacted to a flu vaccination. Ascot introduced him on properly, and there we go.
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“Knowing how much pace there was here, two and a half miles around Kempton – I could easily see his little feet scampering along. They turned into the back straight, picked up the bridle and always had them covered off a right good pace.
“He hasn’t got the scope of other horses and he has his own way of doing it, but he is brave as well. He has been a wonderful servant.
“If you had a straw poll in the yard he would come out number one. Everyone loves him. I know there is Altior, Might Bite and Buveur D’Air, who might be better horses, but there is not a nicer horse in the place.”
Looking to future plans, Henderson said: “We were thinking Ascot Chase, then the Ryanair. That is the obvious road.”