Harry Topper wins Denman Chase at Newbury for Kim Bailey

Jockey Jason Maguire (second left) poses with winning connections and trainer Kim Bailey (left) after winning the Denman Chase with Harry Topper (centre)

Harry Topper won the Denman Chase at Newbury by 25 lengths in testing ground for trainer Kim Bailey.

The 7-2 chance, ridden by Jason Maguire, relished the going and will run in next month's Cheltenham Gold Cup should similar conditions prevail.

Favourite Al Ferof, for Paul Nicholls, finished a distant second in the five-runner race.

Walkon was fourth, a placing which means he has passed the qualification criteria for April's Grand National.

Module won the Game Spirit Chase under Paddy Brennan for trainer Tom George in a tight finish from Dodging Bullets.

The winner was headed after the last but battled back to get the result.

Splash Of Ginge sprang a 33-1 shock in the Betfair Hurdle with Ryan Hatch riding the winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Before racing, the retired two-time Hennessy Gold Cup winner Denman and current champion chaser Sprinter Sacre paraded in the paddock.

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