Daryl Jacob opened up on Racing TV, stating that when Top Notch retires; 'he is coming home with me'.
This was after another gutsy display in the Listed 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton on Saturday, on his first start over fences since winning the Oaksey Chase at Sandown on the final day of last season.
Top Notch suffered a bad reaction to a flu jab over the summer, and only returned to the scene just prior to Christmas, running an almighty race when finishing third in the JLT Hurdle at Ascot.
It looked very much a two-horse affair before the off on Saturday, with Kim Bailey's Charbel also vying for favouritism.
After being held up, the Nicky Henderson 8yo was ridden to lead over two-out and soon asserted after the last. He now all looks all-set for a return to the highest level in the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival.