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Published: 14:47 | 21/6/16

Weld hopeful of Harzand run


Harzand is an intended runner in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby but a final decision on his participation will only be made on the day of the race.

Despite pulling off a shoe in transit and pricking his foot with a nail, the Aga Khan-owned colt overcame the drama to provide trainer Dermot Weld with a first ever winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom.

He required antibiotics on his return to the yard and has taken a bit of time to recover from his Epsom heroics.

Weld admits he would have preferred another week to get him ready for the Curragh but he is hopeful the son of Sea The Stars will be ready to bid for the Classic double.

"I'm satisfied with the horse, he had a tough race at Epsom and he's just taken time to come out of the race, as you can understand," Weld told At The Races.

"He's a horse that gives his all, he's a very courageous horse, and it just left its mark on him for the first week, but we're more happy with him now.

"My concern now is that he's over all that but he had to go on antibiotics for a few days to prevent infection and you never know what they take out of you at the time.

"I think he's putting his weight back on and perking up. He's moving very nicely and provided we're satisfied with him on Thursday at declaration time, he'll run on Saturday. The ground should be all right.

"My only worry is that he had a tough race and it took a lot out of him. It is definitely coming a week sooner than I'd like.

"The final decision will be made on the day of the race."


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