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Second Grade 1 winner for Sir Harry Lewis

DIAMOND HARRY ran out the facile winner of Monday's Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury to become the second National Hunt performer by 1987 Irish Derby winner Sir Harry Lewis to score at the highest level.

The 24-year-old Sir Harry Lewis, a son of Alleged, stands at Bill Bromley's Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire alongside fellow Classic winners Silver Patriarch, Erhaab and new recruit Lucarno.

He has compiled a good record with his jumpers – especially staying hurdlers, having been represented by Long Walk Hurdle winner Mighty Man, Persian War Novices' Hurdle winner Champagne Harry, Coral Cup hero Burntoakboy and River Don Novices' Hurdle winner Diamant Noir.

Sir Harry Lewis is also the sire of promising novice hurdler Carole's Legacy, a half-sister to Mad Max who has won her last two starts over 2m5f.

Trained in Devon by Nick Williams, Diamond Harry is a five-year-old gelding out of Swift Conveyance. A 19-year-old daughter of Strong Gale, Swift Conveyance had, until Diamond Harry came along, possessed a largely disappointing production record.

Though she was a dual hurdles winner herself, Swift Conveyance's six previous runners had failed to muster a win from 21 starts between them. Nevertheless, Williams saw enough potential in the then three-year-old Diamond Harry to pay 11,000gns for him at Doncaster in 2006.

Last August Diamond Harry's four-year-old half-sister by Alflora was sold for just £4,000 at Doncaster.

Diamond Harry is bred on the same Sir Harry Lewis/Strong Gale cross as Harringay, whose biggest victory came in the Listed EBF Mares' Only National Hunt Novices' Hurdle Final – which, like the Challow Novices' Hurdle, is run over 2m5f at Newbury.

 

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