Williams worried about Festival timing

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Nick Williams is starting to fear for Diamond Harry’s Cheltenham Gold Cup chance believing that his charge may be an autumn horse.

The eight-year old hasn’t been seen in action since his brilliant victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury back in November of last year, and is as short as 10-1 for steeplechasing's blue riband.

Diamond Harry has picked up victories in 10 of the 13 races he has entered since first racing at Newbury in 2007, and his only loss of the 2010 Calendar came at last year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Despite being a leading fancy at last season’s RSA Chase he was largely disappointing and Devon-based Williams is concerned his charge is not at the peak of his powers in the spring.

"I'm not as happy with him as I was going into the Hennessy and he's possibly an autumn horse," Williams told Racing UK.

"When you look back at his form he's always been at his best in November and December and then once we get into the New Year, for whatever reason, he seems to be not quite as good.

"He's just not showing the same sparkle as he does in the autumn."

However, earlier this month Williams seemed confident that preparations were going smoothly for Diamond Harry’s festival bid. With the option of running him again before the Festival, Harry chose to save Diamond Harry for the Festival and build up to the race with a training regime geared precisely for the Gold Cup.

With the Festival looming large on the horizon, trainer Williams hopes that Diamond Harry can find the spring in his feet at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and run out winner in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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