Christy 1965 Chase
|Grade 2, Ascot 14:05
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
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."
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
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||2¼||Frodon (FR) 8/1||Sean Bowen
|P F Nicholls||5|
|4th||1¾||Flying Angel (IRE) 7/1||Thomas Bellamy
|N A Twiston-Davies||6|
|5th||15||Smad Place (FR) 5/2j||Wayne Hutchinson
|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