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Connections of American believe he has 'definitely has a chance' of winning next month's Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury.
Harry Fry's seven-year-old is three from three over fences, after successes at Exeter and Uttoxeter, whilst also claiming a listed victory at Warwick.
He missed out on a visit to the Cheltenham Festival, but should make his comeback in Newbury's feature event of the calendar year.
Fry's 157 rated ace aims to join the likes of exceptional Hennessy heroes Bob's Worth, Denman and Many Clouds, who all won the contest as second season chasers.
“American won his three novice chases very impressively and his main target would be the Ladbroke Trophy," said Michael Legg, assistant to Harry Fry.
“That race would suit him really well, it’s a real galloping track and they normally get plenty of cut in the ground which should suit him.
“The weight wouldn’t concern me too much, he’s carried plenty of weight before and he’ll carry it fine.
“He’s a decent sized horse and he runs handy, his jumping is his main asset and he stays all day.
“That’ll be his first run this season, and that’s his main target. He’ll need the ground to go his way, but he’s definitely got a chance.”
American is currently best priced at 8-1 for the 3m2f contest, whilst bookmakers have installed him a 40-1 shot for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
“We could go back to Cheltenham," he added.
“It’s no secret he is quite a fragile horse and we need the ground to be right for him before we go there.
“Last year we wanted to go to the RSA, but the ground wasn’t right and we decided to go to Uttoxeter the following week.
“We would love to run him at Cheltenham, especially if we think he’s going there with a chance.”