Top Notch and Daryl Jacob triumphed in the Scilly Isles
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Andrew Dietz 2:32PM 4 FEB 2017
Report: Sandown, Saturday
Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f, 5yo+
WHAT Top Notch lacks in size he more than makes up for in heart as he delivered an accurate round of jumping to run out a ready winner of the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase.
A former high-class hurdler, Top Notch had exceeded expectations in his new discipline with three wins from four starts and took his form to a new high with a career-best performance over fences.
Victory provided owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede – and their retained rider Daryl Jacob – with a third straight success in the race following the exploits of Bristol De Mai and Gitane Du Berlais.
With Amore Alato and Baron Alco fighting out the lead for much of the contest, the strong pace knocked much of the field off their stride, but not Top Notch, who was neat and nimble over his fences and full of running turning from home.
More to follow . . .