Doncaster is on the cards for Top Ville Ben
Doncaster is on the cards for Top Ville Ben

Trainer Phil Kirby has confirmed stable star Top Ville Ben is heading to Doncaster later this month after an impressive performance at Wetherby last time out.

The 10-year-old finished third in the Rowland Meyrick Chase on Boxing Day at Wetherby, with only Good Boy Bobby and Lord Du Mesnil ahead of him. 

After falling at Aintree at the start of December, Top Ville Ben showed signs of improvement and he looked back to his best at Wetherby in a race he won in 2019. 

Top Ville Ben looked to have a chance of victory last month, but the falling Empire Steel hampered his progress four fences from home. 

After finishing 10-and-a-half lengths behind the winner, Kirby believes there is more to come from Top Ville Ben and connections have identified the Sky Bet Base on January 29. 

He told reporters: "He's really well; the plan is most likely to go to the Sky Bet Chase at the end of the month at Doncaster. 

"He ran really well at Wetherby, I don't know if it (being hampered) would have made a difference with the result, but he did well to get back upsides. 

"If he hadn't have been stopped, he would have probably ended up in front at some point, and we don't know what would have happened then, do we? 

"I was pleased, I thought it was a good run, really, and he looked like he was coming back to himself, so hopefully sooner or later, we'll have him back to where he was." 

Top Ville Ben's last victory came in the race at Wetherby, but Kirby is still dreaming of a memorable campaign this year. 

The Grand National at Aintree in April has yet to be ruled out by connections, and their decision may have to come at the 11th hour. 

Top Ville Ben looked at home over the famous fences but misjudged one before falling on December 4 and Kirby says he will bide his time before deciding what to do after January. 

He added: "I thought he jumped really well; he jumped like a horse that loved it.

"He is capable of doing that over a hurdle, and just because it was a National fence, I don't think that makes any difference. 

"[The Grand National] is not a definite, but it's something we'll keep an eye on. "e'll see how he gets on at Doncaster and he'll be getting an entry anyway." 

Galvin looks the one to beat in Aintree's showpiece
Galvin looks the one to beat in Aintree's showpiece

Gordon Elliott's Galvin remains the ante-post favourite for the race in April, while the likes of Any Second Now, Run Wild Fred and last year's winner Minella Times come next in the betting.

Related Articles

LiveScore logo

LiveScore: Live Sport Updates

Football Scores & Sports News

ls-logo-rounded
Get instant notifications with the LiveScore app
Download now
app-store
google-play