Diamond Harry wins the Hennessy Gold Cup

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Diamond Harry wins the Hennessy Gold Cup

Diamond Harry has won one of the most important races over fences, the Hennessy Gold Cup, run on Saturday 27 November at Newbury. The horse was the favourite, running at 6-1 odds, despite the short career of trainer Nick Williams and the lack of a standing relationship between the horse and stable jockey Daryl Jacob, who rode Diamond Harry for the first time in their winning race.

“I couldn't have asked for a better ride,” said Jacob to Racing Post. “He jumped from fence to fence and was just brilliant today. Nick was very confident he was at his best and he was. I want to thank Nick and Jane for this opportunity.”

Barry Geraghty rode Burton Port into second place and Denman took third, despite briefly stealing the lead after Diamond Harry’s imperfect jump over the fourth fence. Jacob rode the horse back into the lead during the finishing straight.

“Daryl's our stable jockey and he rides all of them,” said trainer Williams. “We've had some big winners but this is one of the major handicaps of the year and this has to be our biggest winner.”

Paul Nicholls-trained Denman, ridden by Sam Thomas, was followed across the finish line by two more Nicholls-trained horses, The Tother One and Niche Market. Denman is set up at 8-1 for the Gold Cup final in March.

"He goes straight for the Gold Cup, he won't run before,” said Nicholls. “He's had a hard race today so we will give him a month off and get him super fit for March.”

Denman ran alongside Diamond Harry in the finale but Jacon knew his horse had a lot of running left in it. At the third last furlong Denman was dropping and Burton Port was rallying. The Nicky Henderson-trained horse overtook Denman so strongly that the horse might have had the legs for the win if it weren’t for an imperfect jump over the cross-fence early in the race.

"He was going nowhere when he made a mistake after the cross fence, but from four out he started to pick up and then he kept picking up,” said jockey Geraghty. “I thought I might get to the winner approaching the last, but the winner found a little more and I had run my race getting there. It was a great effort and he's a thorough stayer."

 

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