Bailey reluctant about Samuri

Trainer Kim Bailey may begrudgingly let The Last Samuri take his chance in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury later this month.

The Last Samuri (l) could take his chance at Newbury

Last season's Grand National runner-up made his first appearance since his excellent effort at Aintree when he finished fifth in the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday.

Another Grand National bid is top of Bailey's agenda, but with opportunities scarce between now and then due to The Last Samuri's elevated handicap rating, he could head to Newbury on November 26.

Bailey said: "We might have to run him in the Hennessy, but I don't really want to. He is a difficult horse to place rated 159.

"He ran well enough the other day at Down Royal. It was fast ground and all he did was set it up for the speed horses.

"The winner (Valseur Lido) is a good animal."

The Gloucestershire-based trainer also had news of Harry Topper, who has been off the track since February.

He said: "He won't run until we get soft ground but he has done three pieces of work. He would be a Welsh National horse.

"He is now qualified for veterans' races, which makes a big difference."

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