Diego forced to fight at Chepstow

Diego Du Charmil had to dig deep to win the Weatherbys Hamilton Hurdle from the tenacious Furiously Fast.

Diego Du Charmil: Returned to action with victory at Chepstow

Paul Nicholls' four-year-old was having his first public outing of the season having landed the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival in March before finishing fourth behind Apple's Jade in Grade One company at Aintree the following month, but showed courage to wear down the long-time leader Furiously Fast (4/1).

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Dai Burchell's charge was in receipt of lumps of weight from the 6/4 favourite and looked to have slipped the field two out but Sam Twiston-Davies brought his mount with a well-timed run to take it up with a good leap at the last before going on to score by a length and a quarter.

Alan King's 5/1 chance Gibralfaro filled the places in third.

The winning jockey said: "His jumping was what got him there, he was great over the last few and he's really 'guts-ed' it out.

"He's a big, fine horse and I think he'll probably do better again for another summer. What the plans are now I'm not too sure but when he's able to do that with such a big weight then you obviously have to look forward to him going chasing."

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