Sadness as Harambe has heart attack at Barbury

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May 12, 2021

A winner over fences at Ludlow (Outonpatrol), plus a terrific run from 40-1 shot Raymond Tusk at York, illustrates that the Barbury team are still firing on all cylinders.

However, visiting the yard this week, one could not escape the air of sadness that was around, and Alan explained that the stable’s Greatwood Hurdle winner Harambe dropped dead after exercise on Tuesday morning, having suffered a heart attack.

Alan said:”You know that these things can happen at any time, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take.

“Harambe schooled over fences on Monday and jumped brilliantly, and the following morning the vet said she had never seen him better, yet an hour later he was gone.

“It is so sad for Niall Farrell and his fellow owners, and for everyone in the yard.

“Harambe gave us a great day at Cheltenham at the end of 2019, and he will be sorely missed.”

We have five runners on Friday, including Lord Neidin, who will be sharper for his comeback race at Kempton and could be a player at Newmarket, where  The Olympian has his first run since he had a wind operation earlier in the year.

Oceanline finished well over 10 furlongs last time so should appreciate more of a stamina test at Newbury, but this week-end will be relatively quiet, with just the three runners on Saturday.

Rainbow Dreamer takes on last year’s St Leger winner Logician in the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury, his first run on the turf since he finished second at Haydock’s final meeting of 2019.

We know that Rainbow Dreamer is a very good horse on the all-weather, but he is no slouch on the Flat and, with a small field, here’s hoping he can get a slice of the pie.

Rebel Royal, who was bang there when tipping up three from home at Kempton, was denied compensation at Newton Abb0t earlier this week when the meeting was washed out. He’ll now be hoping to put things right at Bangor.

Our other Saturday runner is Forever William, who worked nicely on the carpet gallop at Barbury on Wednesday and is earmarked for a trip north to Thirsk for the novice.