Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Diamond Hope Is a Gem

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Diamond Hope Is a Gem

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

HARBINGER can carry on the good work following his excellent Newbury triumph in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (2.45) at Chester.

Sir Michael Stoute's imposing colt was pretty awesome when streaking clear in the John Porter last month, and has clearly made breathless progress from his hitand-miss three-year-old career. Tackling another furlong here, the son of Dansili is entitled to strip even fitter for his Berkshire romp - especially when his trainer's record with four-year-olds is factored into the equation.

Crucially, he won at Chester as a juvenile so has archived experience of the tight left-handed bends on the Roodee.

Even with a 3lb penalty, he really should be winning this assignment if potential assaults at the Coronation Cup and Hardwicke Stakes are to be realised.

Stoute is also a four-time winner of this Group Three prize, which adds further credence to Harbinger's claims of Chester glory.

Dancing David has posted some honourable efforts in defeat and is a tentative selection in a puzzling renewal of the Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes (2.15).

Fourth in last season's Racing Post Trophy, the Brian Meehantrained colt again shaped with much promise when finishing runner-up in the Craven behind Elusive Pimpernel.

That effort, allied to his stout pedigree, suggests for all the world that this 10 furlongs should be ideal. Dancing David had to come from an uncompromising position in the Craven so he should have the street-smarts to overcome any potential jostling at the unpredictable Cheshire circuit.

Dream Spinner must have a fighting chance of taking top spot at Nottingham.

John Dunlop's three-year-old made a seamless progression up to an extended mile and a half on his seasonal debut at Windsor, where he finished a deeply encouraging second.

Blessed with bags of stamina in his pedigree, he has the look of a good thing over two more furlongs in the nottingham racecourse. …

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