Harry Fry

    With many exciting horses in the yard, trainer Harry Fry has some interesting thoughts to share about his string for the coming season.
  • Tuesday 24 October 2017
  • Stable Tours

HARRY FRY can quite rightly take a bow as one of the emerging talents of the Jumps scene as his progress over the past five seasons has been nothing short of phenomenal and 67 winners on the domestic front in 2016/2017 earned Manor Farm in Seaborough near Beaminster £886,752.

That easily beat the 54 winners and £718,943 of the 2015-16, and for this season the exploits of stable star Unowhatimeanharry and Fletchers Flyer on their travels to Ireland may  help him pass the million pound barrier for a first time.

Unowhatimeanharry will be called on to be a major contributor once more and Fletchers Flyer could be looking for some lucrative days in Veteran Chases come the turn off the year. However, Fry remains focused on maintaining an upward curve and he has several as yet untapped types that looks sure to become familiar names to National Hunt enthusiasts in the seasons to come. Just for good measure Fry even has a progressive sort in the Flat division with Golden Birthday set to bid for a hat trick at Doncaster this weekend.

Harry said: “There are some exciting horses in the yard and we have a lot to look forward too again. Hopefully, we can keep them fit and healthy and let the horses do the talking on the track.”

Harry kindly spoke Tony Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes will be making there mark in the busy months ahead.

All Horses

Acting Lass (IRE)

Form Profile:

135 rated hurdler. Scored by 11 lengths from Bradford Bridge on his debut at Hereford (2m 3 1/2f) in November and runner-up, beaten seven lengths, to Finian’s Oscar on is return to that course (2m 5 1/2f) the following month.

Trainer Says:

He won nicely on his debut over hurdles at Hereford and then, in hindsight, faced mission impossible trying to give 7lb to Finian’s Oscar on his next start and he wasn’t quite right when running at Ascot in February. He has had his break and we are looking forward to going chasing with him at the beginning of November.  We are hoping he will go onto bigger and better things over the large obstacles.

Video Form
19 Dec 2016:
23 Nov 2016:

Air Horse One

Form Profile:

141 rated hurdler. Completed a hat trick with a length and a half defeat of Divine Spear in a handicap hurdle at Ascot (2m 3 1/2f) in February. Finished fourth, beaten only two and a half lengths, to Arctic Fire in the County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He was very consistent last year and racked up a hat trick at Exeter, Taunton and Ascot before producing a career best in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham. He wants good and fast ground and we will start him off at Ascot in November and then possibly the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham. It is going to be tougher for him this year but hopefully he is going to be good enough to contest all the good two mile handicap hurdles.

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29 Apr 2017:
19 Mar 2016:

American (FR)

Form Profile:

157 rated chaser. Won his three chases last season and ended his campaign with an eight length defeat of Rock The Kasbah in a novices handicap at Uttoxeter (3m) in March off a mark of 148.

Trainer Says:

He was another one who thrived last year and won three out of three over fences. He is an exciting second season chaser we are targeting at the Ladbroke Gold Cup at Newbury and hopefull he has the right profile for the race and the track should suit him. He gallops and jumps for fun and he is unlikely to run beforehand as he is so fragile so he will have to be on his “A” game on the day. We will decide after that where we go for the rest of the season.

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18 Mar 2017:
27 Mar 2016:

Any Drama (IRE)

Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Successful in novice hurdles at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) (beat Bally Gilbert 38 lengths) and Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) (scoring by 15 lengths from Brahms De Clermont) in February.

Trainer Says:

He was the facile winner of two novice hurdles and then didn’t stay the three miles in the Albert Bartlett. We will start off in a two and a half mile handicap hurdle and probably at Aintree on Old Roan Chase day. We will see after that whether we stay over hurdles or go chasing.

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As I See It

Form Profile:

Winner of his only point-to-point over two and a half miles

Trainer Says:

He is a point-to-point winner who is very well bred being out of Chomba Womba and by King’s Theatre. He likely to start soon and we have to decide whether to go for a bumper first or go straight novice hurdling. He will win his races during the course of the season.

Video Form
31 Oct 2017:

Bags Groove (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Golden Moment (Roselier)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Kempton, 13 Nov 2017 14:55
  • Result: Won/7, held up in 4th, headway on outside approaching 3 out, ridden to challenge last, quickened to lead run-in, kept on well
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Form Profile:

132 rated hurdler, Finished eighth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Court Minstrel in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) at Chepstow in October off a mark of 133.

Trainer Says:

He ran in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow recently and, despite finishing eighth, he wasn’t beaten that far, to Court Minstrel. It was a slightly messy race and they didn’t go a great gallop and they slowed up down the back and it turned into a sprint in the straight. He really needs a strong gallop and we will try him again in another handicap and we have the option of going novice chasing if we want too.

Video Form
14 Oct 2017:

Behind Time (IRE)

Form Profile:

127 rated hurdler. Winner on his reappearance in a conditional jockey handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 5f) last November when beating Solomn Grundy two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 115.

Trainer Says:

He goes novice chasing this season and really progressed from winning on his reappearance at Cheltenham last November. He’s a big horse and was well named. He was just a bit immature and the penny hadn’t really dropped with him so hopefully fencing will bring the best out of him.

Video Form
4 Dec 2017:
14 Nov 2017:

Black Mischief

Form Profile:

Off the mark over hurdles when beating Get Rhythm 11 lengths at Warwick (2m) in May.

Trainer Says:

He has plenty of ability but mentally he is not giving himself a chance. He got worked up before the Persian War at Chepstow and was headstrong and didn’t jump. We will go for an ordinary novice under a penalty and try and get him to relax and settle and jump. We'll just go quietly for the time being.

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15 Oct 2017:
14 Nov 2016:
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Bullionaire (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of a valuable bumper on his only start at Newbury in March. .

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely young horse who couldn’t have been more impressive on his debut at Newbury. We will probably run him in another bumper and whether we go for the Listed bumper at Cheltenham November or wait for another race we will see. He has taken a bit of time to come to hand and he will tell us when he is ready but we might go to Ascot in December and decide whether we stick to bumpers and wait to send him novice hurdling next year

Chalonnial (FR)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Protektor - Kissmirial (Smadoun)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Sandown, 12 Nov 2017 13:20
  • Result: 6/11, tracked leaders, blundered and dropped to mid-division 6th, mistake 11th (water), tracked leaders next, outpaced by clear pair after 3 out, well held when lost place after last
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Form Profile:

136 rated hurdler. Off the mark when beating Santo De Lune in a maiden hurdle at Bangor (2m 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

We tried him quite highly after his maiden hurdle success last season and he finished third in the Tolworth. He is rated 136 and he is big horse who goes chasing and hopefully he will progress when jumping large obstacles. We will start him over two or two and a half miles.

Video Form
3 Apr 2016:

Dashing Oscar (IRE)

Form Profile:

135 rated hurdler. Made a winning reappearance at Fontwell (2m 3f) in October when beating Diable De Sivola three lengths off a mark of 131.

Trainer Says:

He continued his theme of going well on his reappearance when winning first time out for the third time in four season when winning at Fontwell and the only time he was beaten a short head first time out. He is progressing physically and we are hoping he will hold his form through the season. He will go for another handicap hurdle in three weeks time.

Video Form
7 Oct 2017:
29 Jan 2016:

Desert Queen

  • 9-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Desert King - Priscilla (Teenoso)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Market Rasen, 9 Nov 2017 14:00
  • Result: 3/6, led into start, slowly away, headway to lead 1st, hit 2nd, soon clear, 10 lengths clear 5th, reduced lead 4 out, ridden hit and headed 2 out, no extra and hit lost 2nd next
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Form Profile:

146 rated chaser. Winner of listed mares chases at Market Rasen and Leicester last season.

Trainer Says:

She is a good mare and won two listed mares’ chases for us and finished second in another two. She will be back for more really starting at Market Rasen on November 9 which she won last year.

Video Form
5 Apr 2015:
21 Mar 2015:

Drumcliff (IRE)

Form Profile:

123 rated hurdler. Unplaced to Court Minstrel in the Grade 3 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) this month off a mark of 125.

Trainer Says:

It is still hard to work out how we haven’t won more races with him. He was unlucky on a couple of occasions last year and didn’t really get into the race in a messy run affair for the Silver Trophy at Chepstow. He will probably now go chasing which hopefully will bring the best out of him.

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14 Oct 2017:
26 Apr 2017:
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Fletchers Flyer (IRE)

Form Profile:

143 rated chaser. Gained his only success last season on his reappearance in a handicap chase at Punchestown (3m 6f) in April 2016 off a mark of 138.

Trainer Says:

He is a gold old boy who is a two times winner at the Punchestown Festival. That is probably where we mean to go back there in the Spring and in the meantime he could start off in something like the Badger Ales at Wincanton. He can go Veteran Chasing in the New Year which could prove ideal for him.

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Golden Birthday (FR)

Form Profile:

147 rated hurdler and 84 rated on the Flat. Winner of five of his last six starts including two flat wins since his last hurdle success at Newton Abbot (2m 5 1/2f) in September when scoring by ten lengths from Wait For Me off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

His last start over hurdles he bolted up and went up 15lb so we discussed with his owner where to go next and we were scratching our heads as he is not that well treated over hurdles anymore. We decided to chance our arm on the Flat and so far so good. He is two out of two and won a maiden at Leicester on heavy ground and then a handicap on the AW at Kempton. He could go up to Doncaster this Friday or Saturday for a handicap on the Flat and then he will have a break. There are options for him next Spring/Summer where he can go handicap hurdles or chasing and there are some nice staying handicaps on the flat to consider.

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27 Oct 2017:
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Hell's Kitchen

Form Profile:

139 rated chaser. Finished third, beaten nine lengths, to Different Gravey on his only start last season at Ascot (2m 3f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse who only had the one start last year after having a couple of hold ups. Hopefully, he can go on now over fences – he was too keen on his one start last year but if he can relax a bit more we can look forward to a productive novice chasing campaign.

Video Form
3 Nov 2017:

If The Cap Fits (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of bumpers at Plumpton and Taunton last year and impressive eight length winner from Blu Cavalier on his hurdling debut at Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) in October.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely bumper from last year and he made the perfect start over hurdles at Exeter recently. We will look for another novice under a penalty next time before maybe upping him in grade. He’s a nice young hurdler to have.

Video Form
28 Nov 2016:

Just A Sting (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of both of his bumpers at Bangor and Exeter last season.

Trainer Says:

He is another nice young horse from last year who won two from two in bumpers. He will be a staying chaser in time but will wins his novice hurdling this season over two and a half miles plus.

Kylemore Lough

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Revoque - One Of The Last (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 18 Nov 2017 14:25
  • Result: PU/17, tracked leader, led 9th, blundered and headed next, in touch, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next
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Form Profile:

154 rated chaser. Failed to win last season but won five chase in succession the previous season which culminated in a length victory from Outlander in the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse (2m 4f) in March 2016.

Trainer Says:

He is an exciting horse who is new to the yard and Kerry Lee did very well with him winning a Grade 1 chase. He didn’t win last season but we are hoping he can regain the winning thread and he will hopefully reappear at Cheltenham in November in the BetVictor Gold Cup. He goes well when fresh and he wasn’t beaten all that far in the December race over two miles and five at Cheltenham last year. He carried topweight and was giving two stone to the winner so he can go well in that race.

Video Form
27 Mar 2016:
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Melrose Boy (FR)

Form Profile:

123 rated hurdler. Placed in three runs over hurdles last season notably finishing runner-up, beaten seven lengths, to River Wylde at Ludlow (2m) in December and third, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Eaton Hill at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) in February.

Trainer Says:

Although he is a maiden over hurdles he ran some nice races behind some useful novices’ last season. He should be out in November and shouldn’t be long in getting his head in front.

Video Form
12 Nov 2016:

Minella Awards (IRE)

Form Profile:

145 rated hurdler. Landed the Grade 3 National Hunt Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Sandown (2m 4f) in March off a mark of 128 and followed up with a length defeat of No Comment in a handicap hurdle at Punchestown (3m) in April off a mark of 134.

Trainer Says:

He thrived in the Spring and won the EBF Final at Sandown and then followed up in a three mile handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. He will hopefully start off in the fixed brush hurdle at Haydock on Betfair Chase day and then we will decide from there whether we stick to hurdles or go novice chasing.

Video Form
27 Apr 2017:
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Misterton

  • 6-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Sagamix - Mighty Splash (Cape Cross)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 19 Nov 2017 15:00
  • Result: 2/13, led after 1st, driven and headed briefly turning in, ridden after last, headed narrowly flat, kept on, just held
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Form Profile:

130 rated hurdler. Scored by a length and a half from Man of Plenty at Chepstow (2m) this month.

Trainer Says:

He made a winning reappearance at Chepstow recently when dropped back to two miles. He is a horse on an upward curve and we will decide how high we aim on his next start and whether we go for a Greatwood or not we will have to decide. He is definitely going in the right direction.

Video Form
15 Oct 2017:
7 Oct 2016:

Onefortheroadtom

Form Profile:

Winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice four-year-old new to the yard this season and won his only Irish point-to-point. He is due to start shortly over hurdles and he is a horse who hopefully will only improve with time.

Video Form
14 Nov 2017:

Outofthisworld (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner on her debut in a bumper at Market Rasen in March.

Trainer Says:

She is another nice four-year-old who won impressively on her debut at Market Rasen. We are aiming her at the listed mares’ bumper at Cheltenham in November and hope she can be very competitive in a race of that nature.

Secret Door (IRE)

Form Profile:

125 rated hurdler. Finished third, beaten nine and a quarter lengths, to No Hassle Hoff on her reappearance at Uttoxeter (3m) last week.

Trainer Says:

She finished third when stepped up to three miles at Uttoxeter last week. That was a nice run and she will be better for the outing. She may go for a mares handicap hurdle at Wincanton at the beginning of November now where she would benefit from better ground.

Video Form
19 Oct 2017:
13 Dec 2015:

Sir Ivan

Form Profile:

135 rated chaser. Winner of both of his starts over fences this season beating Cole Harden a length and a quarter in a beginner’s chase at Ffos Las (3m) in May and following up with a two length win from Robin Of Locksley at Uttoxeter (2m 6 1/2f) last week.

Trainer Says:

He has taken two years to get his head back in front but he has now won two on the bounce which is great. He did it nicely today in a novices handicap chase and he will obviously go up but the options are to switch between novice and handicap company.

Video Form
19 Oct 2017:
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Space Oddity (FR)

Form Profile:

136 rated chaser. Gained his last success when beating Hargam nine lengths in a beginners chase at Uttoxeter (2m) in May.

Trainer Says:

He is another who has already won this season, albeit in the first two weeks, and he ran well when finished fourth at Newton Abbot where he was wrong at the weights carrying a penalty. He will be spot on for a novices’ handicap chase at Ascot at the beginning of November. He will hopefully progress stepped up in trip over fences.

Video Form
13 Oct 2017:
6 May 2017:
13 Nov 2016:

Thomas Brown

Form Profile:

138 rated chaser. Gained his only success last season on his reappearance in a handicap chase at Aintree (2m 4f) when beating On Tour a length off a mark of 137.

Trainer Says:

He has a very good record when fresh and that seems to be the time to catch him. He goes to Cheltenham this weekend for a three mile handicap chase or Ascot the following weekend. He had a good round over the National fences in the Topham last Spring where the trip was on the sharp side and he might be one for a Becher Chase in December.

Video Form
29 Jan 2016:

Unowhatimeanharry

Form Profile:

167 rated hurdler. Winner of four of his five starts last season.  Successful in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury (3m) in November (beating Ballyoptic 6 lengths), the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m 1/2f) in December (scoring by four and a half lengths from Lil Rockerfeller), the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in January (beating Cole Harden a length and a half) and the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown (3m) in April (getting home by a head from Nichols Canyon. Met his only defeat in the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in March when third, beaten four and a half lengths, to Nichols Canyon.

Trainer Says:

He had another brilliant season even though it was disappointing to finish third in the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham but he bounced back at Punchestown. He is in great form and the races pick themselves. He will go for the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, the Long Walk at Ascot and then the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January and the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham in March all being well.

Video Form
27 Apr 2017:

Wotzizname (IRE)

Form Profile:

135 rated chaser. Finished runner-up, beaten seven lengths, to Coastal Tiep in a beginners chase at Exeter (3m) this month.

Trainer Says:

He made an encouraging comeback run at Exeter recently and he just needed the run quite badly but jumped well. It won’t be long before he is winning over fences and the further the better really.

Video Form
5 May 2016:
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