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Diamond Harry is to try his hand at cross-country

Last Updated: 01/11/13 9:41am

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Diamond Harry: Trying his hand at cross-country racing

Diamond Harry: Trying his hand at cross-country racing

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Diamond Harry is to try his hand at Cheltenham's cross-country course after shaping encouragingly over similar obstacles in France during the summer.

The 10-year-old has had more than his fair share of problems since he won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in 2010.

However, he ran well when third at Lyon Parilly in June and connections of the Nick Williams-trained gelding are to give him a try on home soil in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase on November 15.

"We are hoping he goes for the cross-country race at Cheltenham in a couple of weeks," said owner Paul Duffy.

"He went to France and acquitted himself well. He's a horse that likes a bit of interest so we're giving it a try and see where we go from there.

"Nick (Williams) thinks he's in good form at home at the moment and so we will have a go. He's had a wind operation and he's had leg problems and whatever. It's all to do with his health.

"The wind issue is what we have to look out for and the cross-country race does not put as much pressure on it. We'll see how we go from there."

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