Talking Horses: Topper Thornton in line to give Harry Bannister more success | Chris Cook

After his recent Sussex National win aboard Vinnie Lewis, the jockey has another chance of victory in a marathon handicap – Warwick’s Classic Chase

Harry Bannister gets another chance in a marathon handicap when he takes the ride aboard Topper Thornton (3.35) in Warwick’s Classic Chase only six days after his Sussex National success aboard Vinnie Lewis. Now having his third start since joining Alex Hales from Ireland, this chestnut has potential on his present mark but found a way to get beaten under Noel Fehily and then Daryl Jacob.

A badly timed mistake at Sandown, like the one Topper Thornton made in the London National, has been the undoing of many a horse. At 16-1 it could be worth giving him another chance to show the fire still burns within. Goodtoknow, second to One For Arthur in this race a year ago, may go well again but the Grand National is thought to be his main target.

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