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Daliapour to return from Hong Kong.

DALIAPOUR'S Hong Kong career is over following a disappointing series of

results in the Chinese territory.

Trainer Ivan Allan has recommended that last season's Coronation Cup winner rejoin his former handler, Sir Michael Stoute, at Newmarket.

Daliapour, whose problems with lameness have been well documented, has finished unplaced in his four outings for Allan since leaving Stoute in December.

The 1999 Derby runner-up enjoyed a

triumphant swansong for Stoute in the Hong Kong Vase in December. However, it has been downhill ever since.

Allan told the South China Morning Post: "Daliapour is far too valuable a horse to persist with here. Before Robert Ng bought him, Daliapour was lame but they got him sound and he was able to win the Hong Kong Vase.

"I've said to Robert that he would be better off sending him to England to Sir Michael Stoute, who knows the horse well. His vet probably knows the lameness.

"I also think he's accustomed to the English style of training in wide-open spaces at Newmarket. He isn't really happy about being boxed up here."

Ciaran Kennelly, the Hong Kong Jockey Club senior handicapper, said: "Daliapour was the highest-rated horse ever to be imported to Hong Kong. It is such a disappointment because everyone had such high expectations that he could represent Hong Kong successfully abroad."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 17, 2001
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