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  • 14:25 Betfair Denman Chase 3m

  • (3m) (Grade 2) £50,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 8.83s
  • Off time: 14:25:41

Harry Topper runs out an easy winner of the Denman Chase

Last Updated: 08/02/14 3:16pm

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Harry Topper and connections celebrate success

Harry Topper and connections celebrate success

Harry Topper, trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Jason Maguire, ran out a wide-margin winner of the Betfair Deman Chase at Newbury.

Katenko led the five-runner field along and jumped well at the head of affairs, with the winner and 5/4 market leader Al Ferof settled in behind for the first circuit.

Maguire's mount was nudged along to keep in the firing line down the back straight but his fencing improved as the race went on and he was clear in front when Katenko weakened rapidly soon after the third-last.

Harry Topper (7/2) continued to pour it on in the greulling conditions and Al Ferof could not get near to a mount a serious challenge, finishing 25 lengths adrift as Bailey's stable star passed the post.

Bailey told Racing UK: "We were a little nervous coming here so soon as he had hard race at Cheltenham, but he's been in tremendous form since. He was squealing in his box so we knew he was well.

"Jumping is all about the ground for him, he's not a natural at all. He's not a natural racehorse in truth. We schooled him this morning, jumped a few fences with Jason Maguire and he jumped really well.

When asked about the Cheltenham Festival and a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup tilt, the trainer was keen to stress that the ground would have to be on the soft side for him to even take his chance.

Bailey said: "There would be no point if it was good to soft at Cheltenham, as he proved at Sandown, he's just not quick enough.

"This time three years ago he hadn't run, so he's come a long way in a short space of time."

Sky Bet halved Harry Topper's price to 25/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

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