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Delighted trainer Harry Dunlop still an Early Morning person

Published 28/04/2015

Early Morning did his own impression of Lazarus when returning from a broken leg to win the betdaq.com 50% Commission Refund Handicap at Kempton.

The career of the Harry Dunlop-trained four-year-old looked to be over when he suffered a serious injury on the gallops, but he has been nursed back to health.

And the bonus for connections is that he appears to have retained all his ability, bounding clear to win a qualifier in the London Mile Series by two and a quarter lengths under Steve Drowne at 9-1.

"He was doing a fantastic piece of work at Lambourn just before going for the German Derby and he broke his leg on pulling up," said Dunlop.

"We had to drive him in the horse ambulance to Donnington Vets in Newbury, who did the most amazing job and here we are 11 months later. It was a horrible occasion when it happened because it initially looked like a simple fracture, but he had in fact fractured his whole cannon bone.

"We always liked him a lot, he had a decent piece of form behind a nice horse called Farquhar but we were probably trying to get him to stay last year whereas he looks miler.

"We thought we'd never get him back, but obviously we were hopeful. We had no idea what of his ability remained, though."

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