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French option for Sivola

Reve De Sivola could be off to France again, granted soft ground, after finding conditions at Cheltenham too quick.

The multiple Grade One winner made the running in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle until between the last two flights, after which he was headed and eventually finished eighth behind More Of That.

Connections are now looking at sending the Nick Williams-trained nine-year-old to Paris for the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil in June, a race he ran in last summer. He picked up the valuable Grand Prix D'Automne there in November.

Another possible target is the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown, in which he was second to Quevega last spring.

"He ran a good race at Cheltenham but the ground came up too fast for him," said owner Paul Duffy.

"He certainly won't be going to Aintree. I think we'll be targeting the same French race again, but we'll keep an eye on Punchestown as well.

"His full-brother (Veauce De Sivola), who won at Taunton, has unfortunately picked up a tendon injury. I think he's off for 12 months. That's the ups and downs of racing."

Duffy also revealed a good home has been found for Diamond Harry, who has been retired.

A Grade One winner over hurdles, his biggest success came in the Hennessy Gold Cup in November 2010 when the mighty Denman was third.

"His wind isn't right. He's 11 now and doesn't owe us anything. He's retired in one piece and we've found a home for him with someone who will give him a nice life from here," said Duffy.

"I think he might do some hunting. He's the sort of horse who likes to be busy."