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Haggas has Fury sound for Lincoln.

Byline: Gary Nutting

WILLIAM HAGGAS has the bookies running scared as he prepares to unleash his Fury in Saturday's Lincoln.

The Newmarket trainer has already bagged the Flat season's big curtain-raiser three times - courtesy of Penitent (2010), Very Wise (2007) and High Low (1992).

And in Fury, the 9-1 joint favourite, he has potentially his classiest contender yet.

The four-year-old was a high-ranking juvenile, winning both his starts impressively and landing a huge pot at Newmarket, and resumed last season as a serious 2,000 Guineas contender.

Despair In the event he could only manage fifth behind wonder horse Frankel.

Yet Haggas was convinced at the time that he failed to run up to his best.

And disappointment turned to despair when he finished stone last on three of his subsequent four outings.

But Haggas, who won the Oaks last year with Dancing Rain, is not in the habit of keeping dead wood in a yard packed with high-class prospects and reckons he has found the key to Fury's expected revival.

"We had him gelded over the winter and it transpired he'd had a twisted testicle," said Haggas.

"Vets are divided on how that might affect a horse's performance but I would think it was hurting him during the extra stress of a race.

"There was nothing wrong with his work at home, which is why we persevered with him.

"But it's the only reason I can think of as to why he was cutting out in his races. I'd be very hopeful that we've got him right again.

"He had a recent gallop at Wolverhampton to sharpen him up.

"If he comes back to his two-year-old form, or even his close second in a Listed race at Sandown last May, he would appear to be a very well treated horse.

"That's what you invariably need to win a big handicap."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2012
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