Harry restless to get at 'em in World Hurdle

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Restless Harry, the standard bearer for the Robin Dickin stable, is progressing nicely as he builds up to a crack at the big guns in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on day three of the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival, writes Elliot Slater.


Dickin had been desperate to get a decent piece of work into his talented staying hurdler but had been continually frustrated by the heavy ground at racecourses in the Warwickshire region, so turned for help to local permit holder Robert Waley-Cohen who was only too happy to offer his all-weather gallop to put Restless Harry through his paces. The helping hand from the owner of serious Gold Cup contender Long Run has already paid dividends with the Sir Harry Lewis gelding making significant progress towards peaking in time for the big race later this month.


Dickin expressed his sincere appreciation for the help given by Waley-Cohen and will return to the all-weather gallop a week before the World Hurdle to finish preparing his charge for the task of taking on the mighty Big Buck's and the dual champion's main market rival, Grand Crus. The most up to date Cheltenham odds suggest it should be a very competitive race.


Restless Harry has failed to get his head in front this season in five outings but has continually run with credit, in his most recent starts finishing third to Big Buck's in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Newbury at the end of December, then occupying the same position behind Grand Crus when David Pipe's hugely progressive grey bolted up at Cheltenham in late-January in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle.


Although it might be asking a little too much for Dickin's pride and joy to win the World Hurdle, he will go to Cheltenham as a potentially good value each-way bet for the race with ante-post odds of up to 40/1 still available.

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