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Harry Topper claims Charlie Hall as Long Run disappoints

Updated: Saturday, 02 Nov 2013 18:12 | Comments

Could Harry Topper emerge into a Gold Cup contender later in the season
Could Harry Topper emerge into a Gold Cup contender later in the season

Harry Topper brought back the glory days for Kim Bailey with a hard-fought triumph over Wayward Prince in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

Bailey has had lean times since he saddled winners of the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle in the 1990s, but has been enjoying a renaissance in recent seasons.

In Harry Topper (5-1) he has a chaser who could take him back to the big time as he held last year's runner-up Wayward Prince by a neck under Jason Maguire after a thrilling battle in the closing stages.

Long Run, the 4-5 favourite, was a big disappointment and the 2011 Gold Cup hero never looked like taking a hand in the finish after making a bad mistake down the back.

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