Bailey: Harry Topper learning

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."