EXCLUSIVE: Diamond back again to sparkle for Ellison


Last updated at 22:30 10 January 2008

Carte Diamond, one of the unluckiest horses in training, is on the verge of an amazing comeback. The seven-year-old has returned to trainer Brian Ellison's Yorkshire stable and commenced a training programme that his trainer hopes will see him racing in May.

The gelding, who was second to

Sergeant Cecil in the 2005 Ebor

Handicap and has won five of his 11 starts,

has not run since he finished ninth

that year in the Caulfield Cup in


Brian Ellison

That was considered a good trial for

the Melbourne Cup, but Ellison's

enterprise in sending him on the

10,000-mile journey Down Under was

not rewarded by good fortune.

In a freak accident only days before

the big race, Carte Diamond unseated

his jockey Weichong Marwing and

became impaled on a railing.

Remaining in Australia and nursed

back to fitness so he could run in the

following season's Melbourne Cup,

Carte Diamond then developed

tendon trouble.

Ellison said: 'He is back cantering

and is bucking and squealing and looks

a million dollars.

'Just about everything

went wrong with him, he also had foot

problems and colic and when he was impaled it went through his inner

thigh and out his back end.

'The plan is to get him back on track

in May. The Northumberland Plate

would be on the agenda but it will take

some doing after he has been off so


Another long-term absentee,

Celestial Gold, returns in the opening

novices' hurdle at Hereford this


It is almost two years since the

gelding won the Grade Two Betfair

Bowl at Aintree but trainer David Pipe

is planning for the gelding's third

attempt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

There are 42 initial entries for the big

race, dominated by Paul Nicholls' duo

Denman and Kauto Star.

A KEMPTON treble (107-1)

yesterday on Rollin 'n Tumblin, Perfect

Practice and Bold Diva made it 10

winners since Christmas for in-form

apprentice Kirsty Milczarek.

She leads

Andrew Elliott (17-14) in the race to

be top apprentice for the all-weather