Saturday countdown: Top Notch heads seven for Ascot Chase

Thu 15 Feb 2018

Seven horses are set to contest Saturday's Betfair Ascot Chase after there were no withdrawals at the final declaration stage.

Nicky Henderson's Top Notch is at the head of the betting for the Grade One feature on the strength of his Peterborough Chase win. He is also a winner at Grade Two level over the same course and distance he faces this weekend.

Waiting Patiently takes his chance for Ruth Jefferson and he is unbeaten in five starts over fences, including a defeat of Tingle Creek scorer Politologue.

Coney Island is the big Irish hope for Eddie Harty and JP McManus. He was a winner at Ascot last time out but his best effort came when just being touched off by Our Duke in a Grade One last Christmas.

Dual winner Cue Card, reunited with Paddy Brennan, aims to bounce back to something like his best, while Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost team up with Frodon.

Clarence House runner-up Speredek is not out of it over this extended trip, with Gary Moore's Traffic Fluide, who finished third in the Melling Chase last year, the outsider of the field.

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