Restless Harry camp exude confidence ahead of Wetherby return

21:22 02 November 2012

Restless Harry ridden by Henry Oliver win the John Smiths Hurdle race during the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting at Wetherby Racecourse. Photo credit: John Giles/PA wire

Restless Harry ridden by Henry Oliver win the John Smiths Hurdle race during the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting at Wetherby Racecourse. Photo credit: John Giles/PA wire

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Horse Talk: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news

Trainer Robin Dickin is in a confident mood ahead of Restless Harry’s bid to land back-to-back runnings of the Grade 2 John Smith’s Hurdle at Wetherby (2.50pm) on Saturday.

Restless Harry recorded a facile victory in this valuable contest last year, easing to a 20-length victory on his seasonal debut before he was twice tried and beaten over the larger obstacles and returned to hurdling.

Yet Dickin, who has recently relocated from Stratford-Upon-Avon to Alcester in Warkwickshire, has confirmed that the eight-year-old will return to racing over fences at some stage and that he is in superb form ahead of Saturday’s £32,000 contest.

“Restless Harry is very well and he has been working very well. I would say he has strengthened up over the summer and he is a lot more grown up in his head than he was,” Dickin said.

On September 1 we moved stables and definitely all the surroundings and turn-out really suit him. He is very calm and relaxed now.

“I was very pleased with how he performed last season and in jumping terms you would have to say Big Buck’s is the long distance hurdling Frankel – which he is, make no mistake about it.

“Restless Harry is probably a bit unfortunate to be around at the same time as Big Buck’s but he has been placed in races behind him. Big Buck’s doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I have been racing 42 years now and I have never ever witnessed anything like it - he is just incredible.

“Our horse tipped up on his final start last season at Aintree but he schooled over hurdles and fences since then and there is no way that has put him off.

“He is as fit as a flea and I was astonished by the way he won last year. If he repeats that performance they have all got to go some to beat him, even under a penalty.

“We will also look to explore the chasing route with him again this season. I disagree with the critics, I think he jumped very well in both his starts last season and the horse that beat him at Chepstow, Teaforthree, won the four-miler at Cheltenham and is obviously a very smart horse.

“I don’t think anyone can look at the form book and say he has run badly over fences because he has not.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with Andy Carroll (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

It was a mixed weekend for London’s clubs with two wins, a draw and of course the memorable 2-2 between Chelsea and Spurs but who did enough to make our team of the week?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Miek Egerton/PA Wire)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has no plans to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 years as Manchester United manager despite being backed in the face of well-publicised protests.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate (left) holds off West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

West Ham’s odds for Champions League football next season have shortened to 10/1 after a 3-0 victory over West Brom this weekend.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Mauricio Pochettino speaks with Guus Hiddink (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Claudio Ranieri called Guus Hiddink to thank Chelsea for their role in handing Leicester the Barclays Premier League title.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur and Diego Costa of Chelsea battle for the ball (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard was the hero as Chelsea battled back to crown Leicester the champions of England. But who stood out for Chelsea?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport