Top Notch ran second in the Triumph Hurdle Image reproduced with the kind permission of Eric Belshaw

Top Notch 
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Eric Belshaw

Connections of Top Notch are looking forward to seeing the high-class performer test his powers over a longer distance at Ascot on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old could only finish third on his chasing debut in a strong event at Uttoxeter in October, but has since struck gold at Warwick and Plumpton.

He now bids to complete the hat-trick in the two-mile-five-furlong GL Events Owen Brown Graduation Chase.

Top Notch disappointed on his only previous attempt over two and a half miles, in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, but conditions will be less taxing at Ascot.

Anthony Bromley, racing manager for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, said: “We’re pleased with him and he’s always been a horse that even over hurdles we thought would want a bit further.

“We think it’s the time to give him a chance of stepping up to two-mile-five. It’s a fair track and he jumps very well.

“It gives us another option as to where we go with him for the rest of the season.”

Top Notch, who will be ridden by Daryl Jacob, faces just four opponents, with trainer Nicky Henderson also saddling Hammersly Lake, the mount of David Mullins.

Caid Du Berlais, Sizing Codelco and Solstice Star complete the line-up.