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  • 12:55 Racecourse Of Year Classic Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f 110y

  • (grade 2) £30,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 25.00s
  • Off time: 12:56:02

Diamond Digs Deep

By Martin Kelly and Tom Peacock, PA Sport.   Last Updated: 24/01/09 4:13pm

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Diamond Harry was made to pull out all the stops as he

maintained his unbeaten record in the Grade Two Racecourse of The Year Classic Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Nick Williams' inmate was sent off the 8-15 market-leader on the back of his runaway success in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury and travelled strongly throughout under Timmy Murphy.

He looked in trouble as Bensalem cruised to the front soon after turning for home but Diamond Harry battled back after the final flight to score by half a length.

Sky Bet left the winner the unchanged 3-1 favourite for the Ballymore Properties Hurdle at the Festival in March, while the runner-up is 10-1 from 20s.

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