Trials day test for Harry Topper
Last Updated: 10/01/14 2:58pm
Harry Topper: Argento hopeful
Harry Topper will aim to earn secure a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup when he heads to Prestbury Park for the Argento Chase on January 25.
Trainer Kim Bailey claimed the blue riband with Master Oats in 1995 and Harry Topper put himself into the Gold Cup picture when winning the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on his seasonal return.
However, the seven-year-old finished last of three in the Listed Future Stars Chase at Sandown on December 6, and Bailey hopes his stable star will get his season back on track on Festival Trials Day.
"Harry Topper has been fine since Sandown and the plan now is to run in the Argento Chase," said the trainer.
"His run at Sandown was down to the ground, but I thought he jumped the best he ever has.
"The dream is still the Gold Cup, but he would have to improve a bit and has to have soft ground."