RACING: Bailey targets Argento Chase with Harry Topper

ANDOVERSFORD trainer Kim Bailey attempts to get his star chaser Harry Topper's season back on track in the £100,000 Grade Two Argento Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 25.

The seven-year-old put himself into the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup picture on his seasonal return, staying on strongly to land the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in early November.

However, Bailey's runner subsequently trailed home last of three in the Future Stars Chase at Sandown on December 6.

Bailey said: "Harry Topper has been fine since Sandown and the plan now is to run in the Argento Chase.

"His run at Sandown was down to the (good) 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."

Bailey won the Argento Chase in 1995 with Master Oats, who went on to win the Gold Cup in the same season.

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