Top Notch unlikely for Fifth run

Nicky Henderson stressed Top Notch's entry in the stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday is merely precautionary.

Top Notch: Unlikely to run at Newcastle

The five-year-old's owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede are covering all bases as they are also responsible for ante-post favourite Sceau Royal.

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Top Notch was runner-up in the Fighting Fifth 12 months ago but will only travel north if Sceau Royal suffers a late setback.

Henderson told At The Races: "He's only in the Fighting Fifth if anything should go wrong to Sceau Royal, who is in the same ownership."

Top Notch will instead remain over fences after he responded from defeat on his fencing bow at Uttoxeter with a 15-length success at Warwick last week.

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