National service for Top Notch

Davy Fitzgerald reports Mister Top Notch to be in rude health as he prepares to take his chance in the Ladbrokes.com Munster National at Limerick on Sunday.

The nine-year-old was a Grade One winner in his novice chase season and has shaped with credit on his first two outings of this campaign, taking fifth in the Kerry National before finishing second on the level.

"He ran a blinder in the Kerry National first time out this season and I was delighted, as I knew he would improve a good bit for that," said the Limerick trainer.

"He ran very well on the flat at Tralee last week and I think he is now coming to himself.

"He is certainly fit enough to run a nice race and my only worry would be the ground.

"He doesn't really want it bottomless and we have had an awful lot of rain here in Ireland recently.

"We will take our chance, though, and we will just have to see how he gets on.

"We will get Sunday out of the way first, but he could possibly go for a valuable handicap hurdle at Haydock (November 22) and then stay for the Hennessy at Newbury a week later.

"He is also in the James Nicholson Chase at Down Royal (November 1) so we'll just take each day as it comes."

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