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Power chasing Topham glory

Robbie Power has high hopes of a decent run from Chasing Cars in the John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree on Friday.

The Irish jockey won the Grand National on Silver Birch in 2007 and can see the Jessica Harrington-trained nine-year-old putting up a good show in the two-mile five-and-a-half-furlong handicap over the big fences.

Chasing Cars may not have bothered the judge in either of his two starts this winter but Power believes the Supreme Leader gelding is a different horse in the spring.

"He comes to himself this time of year in the spring and he seems in good form at home so I'm looking forward to him," he said.

Kim Bailey is keen to run Buffalo Bob, despite the relatively quick ground not really being in his favour.

Progressive in the early part of the season, he has struggled on his last two runs but Bailey is keen to get a run over the big fences In preparation for next year's National.

"Buffalo Bob will be running in the Topham and although not on his ideal ground, we are desperate to give him some experience over the fences in the hope that he is good enough to go there on the Saturday next year," the Gloucestershire handler told his website,


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