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    Diamond Harry : Fragile Chaser trained by Nick Williams

    Diamond Harry
    Age: 9 (Foaled May 3rd, 2003)
    Sex: Bay Gelding
    Breeding: Sir Harry Lewis - Swift Conveyance (Strong Gale)
    Trainer: Nick Williams
    Owner: Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership

    Cant find anything but entered for Charlie Hall. Wont be backing him antepost for anything.
    Last edited by mayo; 11-04-2012 at 09:22 PM.

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    Going to Charlie Hall (hopefully)

    "Hopefully he makes the day because we've had some disappointments, but Nick wouldn't be running him unless he thought he was right to go," said owner Paul Duffy.

    "We hope he turns up and we'll see how he gets on.

    "He had the wind operation which interrupted his preparation for the Gold Cup and we've had the farrier to look after his feet which have been an issue. It was a very unlucky season."

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    Fook sake ante post nightmare

    Owner Paul Duffy said: "Unfortunately he's picked up a slight injury and it means he won't be able to go to Wetherby, I'm afraid. It's nothing serious I'm told, but the bad luck continues. It's frustrating, but I'm getting used to the phone call leading up to a race telling me he's had another setback.

    "There's a chance he could go to Wincanton (for the Badger Ales Trophy) next week if he recovers in time, or he could just go straight to Newbury (for the Hennessy Gold Cup). That is on our radar."

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    Badger Ales ? Must cost a fortune in entry fees

    "He got a knock on the gallops last week. It wasn't serious otherwise he wouldn't be entered for Saturday," said owner Paul Duffy.

    "Hopefully he'll turn up and we'll see how he goes

    "He's obviously had a difficult time, he's OK now, but we'll find out on the day."

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    The excuses are starting to wear a little thin for Diamond Harry, who has gone nearly two years since his last win. But despite a last-minute niggle which, for the second year running, saw the horse pulled out of last Saturday's Wetherby's Charlie Hall Chase at the eleventh hour, he is fancied by connections for Wincanton's Badger Ales Trophy.

    Jockey Noel Fehily, who partnered stablemate For Non Stop to a big-race victory at Aintree a couple of weeks ago, has been to Nick Williams' yard for a sit on Diamond Harry and was left full of hope for this horse's prospects.

    With Diamond Harry having more than once shown how effective he can be on the back of a break and the handicapper having also helpfully eased his burden, he can surely play a major role here, even if it does look a particularly decent renewal of the race. Curiuously he's never been right handed before, but that isn't expected to be a problem.

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    Pulled up on his final two outings last year, Diamond Harry also failed to finish on his reappearance at Wincanton earlier this month.

    He is still among the contenders for the Hennessy with a weight of just 10st 3lb but his participation is not yet confirmed.

    Williams said: "He's still in the Hennessy but we will speak with the owners and make a decision about that next week."

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    Diamond Harry is recuperating at trainer Nick Williams' stable in Devon following a second wind operation.

    Paul Duffy, who heads the syndicate that owns the 2010 Hennessy Gold Cup winner, believes it will be at least two months before the ten-year-old has that all-important first race back.

    Diamond Harry, who fell in this season's renewal of the Hennessy at Newbury on his latest start, underwent the operation at Bristol University.

    "Time will tell. He's back with Nick after his second op. Hopefully that will put him right but we won't know until he gets back into training and actually has a race," said Duffy.

    "He's got to be given six weeks or a couple of months before we even consider putting him in a race.

    "We've just got to take each week at a time and see how he goes.

    That's all we can do. You wouldn't expect him to run after a breathing op for at least a couple of months. That would be optimistic in his case.

    "It's the last throw of the dice really. He owes us nothing.

    "He hasn't got that many miles on the clock and it's worth having a go and see.

    "He went to Bristol University. They put him on the treadmill and analysed everything. They thought it worthwhile to have another go.

    "We'll see how it goes and the most important thing is the next race and he sees it through. We will try to find a nice race for him and see if he comes through it OK."

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