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Thursday 21 September 2017

Harry checked for breathing issue

DIAMOND Harry will be checked out for a possible breathing problem after his run at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Nick Williams-trained nine-year-old faded into fifth place behind Midnight Chase in the Argento Chase after racing prominently for most of the three-mile contest.

"We are having him investigated for a potential breathing problem by the vet on Tuesday," said owner Paul Duffy.

"I spoke to (jockey) Noel Fehily on Sunday and he said the horse did remarkably well, but felt that he does have a breathing problem.

"Hopefully we will know more and then take it from there.

"The impact on Cheltenham or on anything else we won't know until it's been diagnosed.

Operation

"It looks like he will have to have a breathing operation. Noel thought it was quite marked, so we're having it investigated.

"If it is an issue then it gives us more hope when we get it sorted that he can do a bit more next time and see his way up the hill at Cheltenham.

"I think he must have had the same problem at Haydock in the Betfair Chase (when fourth to Kauto Star).

"We won't know how good he is until we get it sorted."

Diamond Harry, winner of last season's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, is a top-priced 40/1 for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

Grumeti could complete his JCB Triumph Hurdle preparations with an outing at Kempton next month.

Alan King's four-year-old finished a short head behind Pearl Swan at Cheltenham on Saturday but was awarded the race in the stewards' room after the winner was judged to have caused significant interference.

King reports his charge to be none the worse for his exertions and the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton on February 25 could be his next port of call before the Cheltenham Festival.

The trainer said: "He's fine after the weekend and we'll just see how he is.

"If we want to give him another run, he can go there (Kempton).

"I was surprised to read that some people were knocking the form as Grumeti's certainly as good as any of my Triumph horses in the past."

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