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Restless Harry - Wetherby 29.1.2011

Restless Harry: has strengthened and grown up over the summer

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Restless Harry set for Wetherby defence

RESTLESS HARRY is likely to attempt back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby this Saturday.

He won the 3m1f race by 20 lengths last season and trainer Robin Dickin said: "Restless Harry is very likely to run in the John Smith's Hurdle. He is very well and he has been working very well.

"I would say he has strengthened up over the summer and he is a lot more grown up in his head than he was.

"Our horse tipped up on his final start last season at Aintree but he schooled over hurdles and fences since then and there is no way that has put him off.

"He is as fit as a flea and I was astonished by the way he won last year. If he repeats that performance, by God they have all got to go some to beat him, even under a penalty.

"We will also look to explore the chasing route with him again this season. I disagree with the critics - I think he jumped very well in both his starts last season and the horse that beat him at Chepstow, Teaforthree, won the four-miler at Cheltenham and is obviously a very smart horse."

Wetherby's clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson added: "The going remains good to soft, with a GoingStick reading of 7.0.

"We have had just 0.5mm in the last 24 hours, however there is still a band of rain expected during the night tonight, heavy at times, which will clear in the morning, leaving us with a dry run through to the end of racing on Saturday.

"In terms of quantity, the forecasters are telling me to expect up to 10mm, which the ground would easily take."

Kalellshan - Killarney - 31.08.12

Kalellshan: likely to run at Ascot before a possible tilt at the Paddy Power

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TIPPERARY trainer Denis Hogan is set to run progressive chaser Kalellshan in the Grade 3 United House Gold Cup at Ascot on Saturday, with the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on November 17 a possible next target.

Kalelleshan is 25-1 with the sponsors for a race in which Grands Crus, 7-2, and Hunt Ball, 13-2, feature prominently.

Hogan said: "Kalellshan is likely to run at Ascot on Saturday in the United House Gold Cup and then the Paddy Power Gold Cup is certainly an option for him.

"He has been in good form since his win at Killarney. We backed off him a little bit after that but I think we have him cherry ripe again.

"He is a nine-year-old now and has low mileage on the clock because of tendon problems but I think he is a really good horse.  He is not badly treated on the ratings in Britain and hopefully, with a good round of jumping, he will put up a good show on Saturday.

"His owner is keen to run at Cheltenham and he is ground dependent - the going in Ireland has been too soft for him, which is why we are looking to bring him over to England."

Domination - Navan - 19.10.11

Domination: likely to run in the Racing Post Hurdle on November 18

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DUAL-DISCIPLINE performer Domination is set to return to hurdles in the Grade 3 Racing Post Hurdle at Cheltenham on the last day of the Open meeting on Sunday, November 18.

His trainer Charles Byrnes said: "Domination is likely to run in the Racing Post Hurdle at The Open. He has been in good form since his run at Newmarket - we gave him a little break - and as long as the ground is good, he will probably take his chance.

"He won well at Newmarket but his run wasn't too surprising because he was quite unlucky in Ireland on a few previous occasions and we were expecting him to run well.

"The two-and-a-quarter-mile trip at Newmarket really suited him and the two miles at Cheltenham will probably be on the sharp side for him. I think two and a half miles is ideal for him over hurdles but you need to stay well to win these races.

"I wouldn't say he was unlucky at Killarney but it has worked out to be a good race and the winner is a good horse. He is still lightly raced over hurdles but I don't think that is a concern going to Cheltenham because he jumps well."

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