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Kim Bailey believes Harry Topper is "still learning"

Last Updated: 11/02/13 11:05am

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Harry Topper: Long-term prospect

Harry Topper: Long-term prospect

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Kim Bailey remains cautious as to whether his star novice chaser Harry Topper will head to the Cheltenham Festival.

The highly-rated gelding made it three out of three over fences when eventually pulling away in the Bathwick Tyres Taunton Graduation Chase at Exeter on Sunday.

Bookmakers shortened the six-year-old for next month's John Oaksey National Hunt Chase but his trainer is still keen to take a long-term view.

Bailey wrote on his website: "[Harry Topper] is just weak, immature and still learning about the job.

"A great result for his owners Tony Solomons, who has been a very long time and loyal supporter and David Keyte who bred Harry. Plans? Not sure yet...although I am very reserved about going to Cheltenham with him."

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