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top-notch

adjective altissimo, apical, best, capital, chief, critical, crowning, crucial, crying, deep, desperate, earnest, essential, far-reaching, forcible, head, heavy, highest, intense, intensified, maximal, maximum, momentous, most, of great force, of great number, paramount, potent, preeminent, pressing, principal, serious, sharp, strong, superlative, supreme, telling, tiptop, top, topmost, urgent, vigorous, violent, vital, weighty, zenithal
Associated concepts: highest degree of care, highest proved value
See also: best, premium, select
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In a race in which many can be give chances, slight preference is for Michael Bell's prolific filly since her reappearance victory in the Lockinge Stakes marks her out as a genuine top-notcher.
Carnival Dancer looked a potential top-notcher when comfortably beating smart opposition at Ayr last year and was far from disgraced in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket in October.
Johns Spirit tipped away quietly last season, without ever suggesting he would be a genuine top-notcher.
She got a little tired near the finish, which was understandable given she raced into the teeth of a headwind and the bit slipped through her mouth, but this was the performance of a top-notcher.
This strapping six-year-old looked as if he could develop into a real top-notcher early on last season.
Dempsey has always been very highly regarded, and as he showed real signs of developing into a top-notcher last term, he makes considerable appeal in what is admittedly a well-contested and intriguing renewal.
A stakes winner at two, in addition to running creditably at the highest level, this Dermot Weld-trained colt might not be a top-notcher.
The Strutt & Parker Maiden Stakes has been the launching pad for a number of smart juveniles and Race Leader looks another potential top-notcher after his ready victory.
Borderlescott is almost a Kauto Star of the sprinting world, a genuine top-notcher who has been racing at the highest level for years but who will have his many fans on tenterhooks as he makes his comeback from injury.
DESARU: Looked a top-notcher when scoring by four lengths at Doncaster last season but then didn't stay when third in the Royal Lodge (1m, soft).
Unraced as a juvenile, Royal Anthem quickly stamped himself as a potential top-notcher with victories over 10 furlongs at Newbury and Newmarket.
And this Peter Moody-trained five-year-old looks another potential top-notcher from Down Under on the evidence of a cracking run behind Miss Andretti in the King's Stand Stakes.