Harry?s diamond is sparkling
GRAFTON gelding Diamond Harry has had his problems over the last few months. But yesterday the five-year-old left them and the field of the Pirelli Cables Class 1 Handicap (1409m) behind him at Coffs Harbour Racing Club. Grafton hoop Craig Franklin was forced to pull out all stops to hold off a brave challenge from Pat Quinn's Silken Song, with Diamond Song scoring by a long neck. Winning trainer Bruce Swan, who moved to Grafton from Tamworth in July, said his charge struggled to adapt to the hard Grafton track. Swan, son of well-respected Northern and North Western Racing Association trainer the late Keith Swan, predicted his move to Grafton will reap rich dividends. "I love it here and it will be a very good move," he said. "I have a lot of young, well-bred horses, but it will take time." Swan, brother Russell and sister Gwenda were left the gelding when Keith passed away. "It is a nice little family thing," Bruce said. "There are no great plans for him, we will just take it one step at a time." Earlier, Coffs Harbour trainers made a strong start to the meeting, with Brett Bellamy, Brett Dodson and Trevor Hardy all preparing winners. Former Coffs Harbour jockey Zac Purton also made a blistering start, booting home three winners, a second and a third. Bellamy said his four-year-old gelding Best Be Frank was long overdue for his victory in the NHP Electrical Engineering Products Entires and Geldings Maiden Handicap (1007m). "He has had a few problems, he's very immature and I think he has been shin sore three times," Bellamy said. "It was good for him to win and repay the owners' faith, they have been very patient with him. "We were quietly confident, especially when the other two (Hurtling Along and Patric) were scratched because they were probably the main dangers. "He drew well and had Zac Purton on him, which are two big bonuses. "I thought he would probably bounce so I just told Zac to let him set his own pace in front, which he did."