By Racinguk.com staff
Kerry Lee's charge could finish only fifth in the Grade Two contest last autumn, but raised his game to be placed in a Grade Three handicap at Prestbury Park on New Year's Day and the Clarence House Chase at the end of January.
Arguably his best effort of the campaign came in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing fourth, and while he fluffed his lines at Aintree, Lee is looking forward to seeing the nine-year-old return to action later this month.
"Top Gamble is in in great form and his target is the Shloer Chase, with the BetVictor Gold Cup the previous day his saver should the ground not come up soft enough," said the Presteigne-based trainer.
"He will be very ready by the middle of November. I am keen to run him in the two-mile race and that is the preference on soft ground.
"When he gets his ground he is a very good horse. He ran a massive race in the Queen Mother when the ground was much quicker than what he wanted.
"If it was soft or heavy it could have been a very different result."
Potential rivals for Top Gamble will include the champion two-mile chaser Special Tiara.