Harry Fry was once best known as the satellite trainer who was really responsible for training 2012 Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby, even though the history books say it was Paul Nicholls. However, with that star now retired, it’s time to look at what this impressive young trainer has in store for some of his exciting stable stars.
The 6-year-old has always looked a chaser in waiting, and his three-quarters of a length defeat of Label Des Obeaux in a hurdle race last November at Ascot earned him a rating of 139. He looks sure to make up into an even better chaser though, possibly suited by 3-miles in time, though is unlikely to be over-faced this season.
This 145-rated hurdler was a bit novicey on his chase debut. However, the ground was a bit fast for him there and he could be one to note in handicaps later in the year.
Rated 146 rated over fences after securing his second win at the Punchestown Festival. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if he is initially campaigned with a view of getting him rated a few pounds lower, with the Irish Grand National the big target for a horse who has proved to be at his best going right-handed. However, he still qualifies for novice-chasing this season, so could pick-up a few easy targets along the way.
Should be reaching his peak this season, and his trainer has the option of trying to win over hurdles or fences with him. Likes good-to-fast ground, and looks sure to be shrewdly placed to win at least one big pot this season.
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The form of his dead-heat with Sternrubin in last season’s Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle looks even better after that one won again at Ascot last week, however he’s not been seen since. Fry looks sure to preserve his handicap mark for a stab at another big pot though – and a repeat bid in the 2016 Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at Ascot looks an obvious target.
3-miles on good to good-to-soft ground should be perfect for him, and he’s capable of bagging a decent prize of a mark of 137. He’s entered for Wincanton’s Badger Ales on Saturday 5th October, and could go well having proved himself effective going right-handed.
Rated 149 after winning the 2016 Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, and he has some serious staying power when the ground is soft. Looks likely to be targeted at a decent contest first-time out and, with no real stars around on the staying-hurdler scene, he could be a real challenger come the World Hurdle in March, having already proven himself at the Cheltenham Festival.
A Rating of 149 probably doesn’t leave him with too much wiggle room, but looked in need of the run when trying 3-miles first time out at Ascot this season. Fry will surely find a race for him though over 3-miles and could pop-up at a decent price somewhere.
A 144-rated hurdler who stays all day, and has easily won his first two novice chases. Ideally though to want good ground, it will be interesting to see what the handicapper makes of his easy early-season pickings – but looks sure to continue to pay his way.