Diamond Harry Tackles 2011 King George VI Chase
Owner Paul Duffy is thrilled to have fierce competition for his talented jumper Diamond Harry in the 2011 William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Racecourse on Boxing Day.
Diamond Harry is in the midst of a campaign that Duffy is hopeful will culminate in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The owner’s only query going into the King George VI Chase on December 26, 2011, is the way of going.
“The question is will he go right-handed round Kempton as he’s always gone left-handed before,” said Duffy.
“That’s not because we’ve avoided going the other way round. That’s the way it’s turned out.
“We don’t know the answer. He jumps straight enough, but he might prefer a galloping track like Haydock and Newbury. Kempton’s a tighter track.”
Duffy is hoping the track will have a bit of give come Saturday’s King George VI Chase.
“He’d obviously like the ground to be soft. If it is, it would suit him. The ground might be good to soft, I’d expect, but we don’t know,” he said.
“Ultimately if he gets placed behind horses like Kauto Star, Master Minded and Long Run, and if he finishes close up to them, then you’d say he’s run well.”
The owner said he was extremely grateful to have a horse as talented as Diamond harry.
“It’s a dream having a horse good enough to run in races like this. Anything he does is a bonus because we are still aiming at the Gold Cup,” Duffy said.
“We still hope to go for that, but we’re taking one race at a time for our old friend and let’s just hope he gets around safely and does himself justice.”
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