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Diamond Harry

Connections of Diamond Harry are not expecting any fireworks when the high-class gelding returns in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton.

Little has gone right for the Nick Williams-trained nine-year-old since his marquee victory in the 2010 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury as he failed to show his old sparkle in four starts last season.

Another minor setback forced him to miss an intended comeback run in last weekend's Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and although he is now ready for a return to competitive action, he has plenty on his plate in attempting to concede weight to each of his 12 rivals in Somerset.

Jane Williams, wife and assistant to the Devon handler, insists a clear round is the priority.

She said: "He's in good form. The main thing we want to see is he gets there and completes the course. He tweaked something last week so we couldn't take a chance and run him at Wetherby. He's ready to go now. It's been frustrating with him but all is good at the moment."

West End Rocker was an early casualty in last season's Grand National and also failed to complete the course in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. His trainer Alan King told his website: "West End Rocker starts back on the comeback road in the Badger Ales Trophy.

"Last year everything was geared around the Grand National, which proved a disaster, and, though we might consider the Becher Chase, he definitely won't be going back to Aintree next April. We will be more aggressive with our plans this winter, and if he runs well here he could be aimed at either the Hennessy or the Becher."

David Pipe saddles veteran Tamarinbleu, as well as interesting staying chaser The Package, and said: "Tamarinbleu isn't get any younger but he's going well at home. We're claiming off him but he's still probably going to find it tough.

"The Package is in good form and this has been one of his early-season targets. It's a competitive race but hopefully he'll give a good account of himself. Both of them have done plenty of work."

Suzy Smith is hoping for a dry night for her talented mare Aimigayle, saying: "She's in good form at home and I am just hoping they don't get too much rain overnight. If the ground went to good to soft, soft in places we might not even run. Hopefully she can take her chance as she has a nice weight (10st 2lb)."

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