Christy 1965 Chase

Grade 2, Ascot 14:05
£70,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 5f 8y, Class 1  
Saturday 25th November 2017


1 Top Notch 5/2JF
2 Double Shuffle 12/1
3 Frodon 8/1
9 ran Distances: 8l, 2¼l, 1¾l
Time: 5m 15.60s (slow by 7.60s)

Top Notch produces a dominant eight lengths victory

Top Notch
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Top Notch
Leading before the second-last fence, Nicky Henderson's Top Notch soon put the race to bed and galloped clear.

Smad Place was prominent early on, while last year's winner Royal Regatta forced his way into the lead after being slowly away from a standing start.

Nico de Boinville had Top Notch in the perfect position and the 5-2 joint-favourite went on to score by eight lengths from Double Shuffle for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Frodon was another two and a quarter lengths away in third.

De Boinville said: "He's a legend - what an absolute hero. 

"He's all heart and kept finding up the hill.

"He's given me a really nice feeling there."

Top Notch was cut to odds of around 6-1 about winning the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.


Henderson said: "If you had a poll of the most popular horse in the place, he would win. Everybody loves him. You could not have a nicer horse. 

"He would die for you and he has been like that all his life. I never thought he would jump a fence as they must look enormous to him. 

"He is just game, tough and loves it. He came back in fatter than me. These horses are just taking a run. 

"He didn't run particularly well when he was third of three (over hurdles) at Aintree (on November 11). It was all well saying it was fine but it was still a little bit disappointing. 

"I think this is his perfect trip. One day we might have a peep at three (miles). 

"He goes on any ground and any way round. A lot of horses are more talented, but nobody puts more in than he does."


Christy 1965 Chase
£70,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f 8y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Top Notch (FR) 5/2j Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 6
2nd 8 Double Shuffle (IRE) 12/1 J J Burke
T R George 7
3rd Frodon (FR) 8/1 Sean Bowen
P F Nicholls 5
4th Flying Angel (IRE) 7/1 Thomas Bellamy
N A Twiston-Davies 6
5th 15 Smad Place (FR) 5/2j Wayne Hutchinson
A King 10
6th 32 Josses Hill (IRE) 10/1 Aidan Coleman
N J Henderson 9
PU Royal Regatta (IRE) 20/1 T J O'Brien
P J Hobbs 9
PU Sizing Granite (IRE) 33/1 R T Dunne
C L Tizzard 9
PU Top Gamble (IRE) 10/1 J E Moore
Kerry Lee 9

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