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Restless Harry - Wetherby 29.1.2011

Restless Harry: was a bargain £12,000 purchase by Robin Dickin

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Wetherby: Al contributes to Accordion's hot run

Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2)

ONE week on from Albertas Run's victory in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree and the late Accordion was in the spotlight again, this time as the sire of impressive Charlie Hall Chase winner Weird Al.

Unraced but beautifully bred, Accordion was one of the first sons of Sadler's Wells to shine as a jumps sire thanks to early representatives such as Dato Star and Flagship Uberalles. Other jumpers to have advertised his merits include Accordion Etoile, The Tother One and Feathard Lady.

Weird Al has sold through the Tattersalls Ireland ring twice, firstly for €21,000 to Redpender Stud as a foal and then three years later at the Derby Sale for €60,000 to Jeremy Brummitt.

Bred by C. Ronaldson in Ireland, he is a half-brother to minor winner Millcroft Seaspray and one of nine foals out of Bucks Gift. The unraced daughter of Buckley is a half-sister to two winners and from the further family of 1984 Queen Alexandra Stakes winner Erins Invader.

John Smith's Hurdle (Grade 2)

RESTLESS Harry, a bargain £12,000 buy asa five-year-old by trainer Robin Dickin, made the perfect start to his season by defeating Fair Along to take the John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby.

Restless Harry shares his sire, the 1988 Irish Derby winner Sir Harry Lewis, with last year's Hennessy Gold Cup winner Diamond Harry as well as the likes of Mighty Man, Carole's Legacy and Sir Harry Ormesher.

Sir Harry Lewis had to earn recognition the hard way as a jumps sire following a stint at stud in Kentucky (during which time he sired Prom Knight, dam of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi). However, the son of Alleged became increasingly popular in his later years at Bill Bromley's Wood Farm Stud and was regarded as one of Britain's leading jumps sires by the time of his death at the age of 25 in 2009.

Bred in Britain by R J Francome, Restless Harry is the first foal and only winner so far out of Restless Native, a placed Be My Native granddaughter of the 1979 Thyestes Chase heroine Tarthistle.

Restless Native has a yearling gelding by Lucarno.




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