Harry Fry Stable Tour

    With many exciting horses in the yard, trainer Harry Fry has some interesting thoughts to share about his string for the coming season.
  • Monday 12 November 2018
  • Stable Tours

With the rains just starting to ease the Jumping ground, it was back to a normal routine for Harry Fry at the end of last week when his team enjoyed four winners and multiple placings in several of the featured events.

The star of last weekend’s show was the very likeable novice chaser Bags Groove who took the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton and Minella Awards was another young chaser to jump with aplomb when beating Robin Waters at Aintree.

Near misses had to be endured with old favourite Unowhatimeanharry and Litterale Ci but the Manor Farm stables squad can look onwards and upwards to a season in which several stars are backed up by some fresh young blood and the likes of the seasoned The Last Samuri.

Fry, notched up 53 winners from 245 runners and collected £787,617 in prize money last season and with 15 winners already expectations will be high that total will be surpassed with ease this time around.

Harry kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of his leading prospects for season ahead.

All Horses

Acting Lass (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 7 starts and currently rated 149 over fences. Completed a hat trick over fences when beating Kilcrea Vale two and a quarter lengths in a handicap chase at Ascot (2m 5f) in January off a mark of 143.

Trainer Says:

He made a very good start to his career over fences and the only time he was beaten was on drying ground at Kempton in February. He is set to reappear in December and we are targeting a valuable three mile chase at Ascot the week before Christmas.

Video Form
19 Dec 2016:
23 Nov 2016:

Air Horse One

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 20 starts and currently rated 147. Finished last of seven, beaten 46 lengths, to Verdana Blue in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton (1m 7 1/2f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He is too consistent for his own good from a handicapping point of view and ran several good races in defeat last season without getting his head in front. He is one of those that is topweight in handicaps or one of those that is not quite good enough in conditions races. We have the option of staying over hurdles for the time being and thinking about chasing shortly.

Video Form
25 Feb 2018:
29 Apr 2017:
19 Mar 2016:

American (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 9 starts and currently rated 144 over fences. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Definitly Red in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m 1 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He wants the rain and he is entered in the Ladbroke. He was fancied for the race last year and he was one we didn’t let down in the Summer. He seems much more forward and we will be governed by ground with him and there is also the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree at the beginning of December which would be an option as well.

Video Form
18 Mar 2017:
27 Mar 2016:

Any Drama (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 9 starts and currently rated 136 over hurdles. Gained his last success when scoring by 15 lengths from Brahms De Clermont in a novices hurdle at Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) in February 2017.

Trainer Says:

He is on the comeback trail having missed the whole of last season. He was a good novice hurdler and hopefully he will develop into a useful novice chaser over two and a half miles plus when the mud is flying.

Video Form
27 Jan 2016:
29 Nov 2015:

Bags Groove (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 15 starts and currently rated 145 over fences.   Jumped well and made all when beating Secret Investor nine lengths in the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices’ Chase at Wincanton (2m 4f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He has made a pleasing start to his chasing career and won both of his starts over fences. He was impressive in the Rising Stars Novices’ Chase at Wincanton on Saturday and, hopefully, he can keep progressing.

Video Form
20 Oct 2018:
5 May 2018:
14 Oct 2017:

Black Mischief

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 11 starts and currently rated 134 over hurdles. Gained his last win when beating Royal Irish Hussar two and a half lengths in a handicap hurdle at Kempton (2m 5f) in April off a mark of 126.

Trainer Says:

He looked like he was coming to win the race at Market Rasen the other day when taking a heavy fall at the last. Thankfully he was ok and that was a run to decide whether he went over fences or stayed hurdling. On the back of that we will stick to hurdles for the time being and hopefully he goes close next time.

Video Form
15 Oct 2017:
14 Nov 2016:
19 Mar 2016:

Bullionaire (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Dontcallerthat (Anshan)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Ascot, 22 Dec 2017 15:40
  • Result: 2/14, pulled hard, chased leaders on wide outside, 3rd going well 3f out, led 2f out, headed and not pace of winner entering final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Newbury in March 2017 and finished runner-up, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Didtheyleaveuoutto in a Listed bumper at Ascot in December of that year.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely horse and we deliberately didn’t run him the rest of the season after his Ascot bumper run. He has just had a slight setback in training and he won’t be seen until the New Year but he is an exciting prospect for novice hurdles.

Canelie (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 17 starts and currently rated 127. Gained her last success when scoring by a length and three quarters from Padleyourowncanoe in a handicap hurdle at Taunton (2m 3f) in January off a mark of 124.

Trainer Says:

She won on her debut for us and then disappointed in her subsequent starts. We have done her wind and, hopefully, once was get some softer ground she can be competitive again over hurdles and, if not, we can switch to chases.

Video Form
13 Nov 2018:
4 Feb 2018:
19 Nov 2017:
26 Oct 2017:
12 Feb 2017:

Captain Drake (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of his bumper at Towcester in March and finished third, beaten six and a half lengths, to Quoi De Neuf in a novices hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely big horse who won on his debut for us in a bumper at Towcester and ran a promising race on his debut over hurdles at Aintree on Saturday. He should soon be improving on that effort.

Video Form
29 Mar 2018:

Caribert (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 3 bumpers and gained his last success at Newbury in March when beating Hotter Than Hell two and three quarter lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is another nice bumper horse from last year who is coming along nicely. He won’t be ready until December and is another who will want a bit of cut in the ground. He will hopefully go from strength to strength over hurdles from two to two and a half miles.

Dalila Du Seuil

Form Profile:

Winner of three hurdles races in France including twice in listed company.

Trainer Says:

She is new to us and won three times over hurdles in France including twice at Listed level. She has quite a high BHA rating of 149 so hopefully she lives up to that but we will probably go novice chasing with her.

Deadringerforlove

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - La Perrotine (Northern Crystal)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 7 Nov 2018 16:15
  • Result: 4/15, mid-division, headway 8f out, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Fourth on her debut in a bumper at Chepstow last week.

Trainer Says:

She made a promising debut at Chepstow last week and that experience will do her good and she can go very close in about a month’s time. We will probably try and find a Mares’ bumper for her on a galloping track.

Video Form
7 Nov 2018:

Definitelyanoscar (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Market Rasen in March and going well when falling in a Mares Novice Hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) last month.

Trainer Says:

She crashed out when going well in a Mares Novice Hurdle at Chepstow. Thankfully, her and Noel (Fehily) were none the worse and I have entered her at Exeter on Wednesday in another Mares’ Hurdle.

Video Form
13 Oct 2018:

Drumcliff

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 15 starts and currently rated 144 over fences. Gained his last success in a handicap chase at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in May when scoring by a length from Viconte Du Noyer off a mark of 139.

Trainer Says:

He has had a break since crashing out in the Galway Plate and you probably won’t see him until the Spring. He doesn’t want it too soft and we will be aiming him at decent handicap chases over two and a half miles plus.

Video Form
1 Aug 2018:
27 May 2018:
14 Oct 2017:
26 Apr 2017:
28 Mar 2016:

Ena Baie (FR)

Form Profile:

Finished fourth, beaten 14 lengths, to Acey Milan on her debut for the stable in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham in January.

Trainer Says:

She had one run in a listed bumper on ground that was too soft for her at Cheltenham In January. She is ready to get started over hurdles and we should have some fun with her.

Video Form
20 Nov 2018:

Golden Birthday (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of ten of his 27 starts and rated 138 over fences, 135 over hurdles and 86 on the Flat. Gained his last success when beating sole rival Cotton Jenny in a novices’ chase at Stratford (2m 3 1/2f) in September.

Trainer Says:

He has been very good for us and won ten of 27 starts but it means we have exhausted all avenues and he is quite high in the ratings. He has won over fences, hurdles and on the Flat. He has been dropped a few pound over hurdles and he is probably due a break. He would be one to catch again in the Spring.

Video Form
13 Oct 2018:
23 Sep 2018:
29 Jul 2018:
23 Mar 2018:
27 Oct 2017:

Hell's Kitchen

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 starts and currently rated 145 over fences. Gained his last success in a Limited Handicap Chase at Kempton (2m 4 1/2f) on Boxing Day when scoring by a length and a half from Mister Whitaker.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely big horse who started at Aintree on Saturday in a valuable handicap chase. He was a little disappointing there but will, hopefully, make up into a nice second season chaser.

Video Form
4 Feb 2018:
3 Nov 2017:

If The Cap Fits (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 7 starts and currently rated 147 over hurdles. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Verdana Blue in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton (1m 7 ½f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He was unbeaten over hurdles in three starts last year and was forced to miss the Spring Festivals due to a setback. He has come back as good as ever and put up a very solid performance when second to Verdana Blue in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday. He should come on for that and we are looking forward to see how far he can progress over hurdles.

Video Form
28 Nov 2016:

Jolly's Cracked It (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 12 starts and currently rated 138 over hurdles. Not seen since finishing unplaced to Brain Power in a Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle at Ascot (1m 7 1/2f) in December 2016.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t run for a while and in his home work he retains all his enthusiasm. He is another who wants soft ground and he is entered in the Greatwood and elsewhere. The handicapper has given him a chance and dropped him back down and it will be good to have him back.

Just A Sting (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Scorpion - Shanann Lady (Anshan)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Exeter, 14 Nov 2018 14:35
  • Result: Won/11, in touch, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led before last, hard pressed run-in, just held on
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 7 starts and currently rated 131 over fences. Made a winning reappearance in a Novices’ Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter (2m 6 1/2f) in October when beating Station Master two lengths off a mark of 125.

Trainer Says:

He made a really pleasing chase debut when winning at Uttoxeter in October. He is entered again this week at Exeter and, hopefully, we can see the best of him over the larger obstacles. He has always been a chaser in the making.

Video Form
18 Oct 2018:

King Roland

  • 4 br g Stowaway – Kiltiernan Robin
Form Profile:

Winner of a point-to-point at Larkhill last Easter.

Trainer Says:

He is a big four-year-old who won a point-to-point and is new to us. He will run in a bumper in the next month or so and he is a nice horse for the future.

Kylemore Lough

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 21 starts and currently rated 151. Unseated rider at the first in a listed Handicap Chase won by Born Survivor at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t get very far at Wetherby the last day and he is one of those who is plenty high enough in the weights in handicaps and is just short of the best in level weights races. We will probably look to go for a Grade 2 at Ascot in a fortnight’s time for a two mile five chase in which he finished runner-up a couple of years ago.

Video Form
2 Apr 2018:
27 Mar 2016:

Litterale Ci (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of her 15 starts and currently rated 138 over hurdles. Scored by half a length from Serosevsky at Newton Abbot (2m 5 1/2f) in September off a mark of 132 and finished runner-up, beaten five lengths, to If You Say Run in a Mares Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton (2m 5 1/2f) on Saturday. .

Trainer Says:

She has struck up a great rapport with Aine O’Connor and ran another solid race at Wincanton on Saturday in a valuable mares handicap hurdle. That may be her for a little while and she will be give a break and brought back for the Spring

Video Form
1 Sep 2018:
24 Jun 2018:
26 May 2018:

Minella Awards (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Montys Miss (Presenting)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 17 Nov 2018 13:15
  • Result: 4/6, tracked leader, not fluent 3 out, driven and lost place turning in, soon one pace, no impression in 4th from 2 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 149 over hurdles and 145 over fences. Made all for an easy success from sole rival Robin Waters in a novices chase at Aintree (3m 1f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He ran a great race at the Galway Festival finishing runner-up to the subsequent Cesarewitch winner Low Sun. At this time of year he just tends to go off the boil slightly as he goes in his coat but he enjoyed a hollow success in a novices’ chase at Aintree on Saturday. We have learned he at his best in the Spring/Summer and he could have a couple of more runs before we give him a break.

Video Form
14 Oct 2018:
4 Aug 2018:
26 Apr 2018:
27 Apr 2017:
2 Jan 2017:

Misterton

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 11 starts and currently rated 141 over hurdles. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten a neck, to Elgin in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in November of last year.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely horse who hasn’t run since the Betfair Hurdle but is entered up this week over fences and we are looking forward to sending him chasing.

Video Form
15 Oct 2017:
7 Oct 2016:

Onefortheroadtom

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 137 over hurdles. Last win in a “Jumpers Bumper” at Kempton (2m 2f) in March when beating Diamond Guy a length and a half.

Trainer Says:

He is a two times winner last season – a novice hurdle and a Jumpers bumper. He is another one entered up over fences and ready to get started.

Video Form
14 Nov 2017:

Outofthisworld (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 4 starts. Landed a maiden hurdle at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) last week by eight lengths from Annie Mc.

Trainer Says:

She made amends for her previous visit to Market Rasen where she didn’t get very far when winning nicely last week. She is a lovely mare in the making and she wasn’t right all last season. Hopefully, she can go from strength to strength this year.

Over To Sam

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 2 starts and currently rated 137 over hurdles. Made a winning debut over hurdles when beating Coole Cody six lengths in a maiden hurdle at Exeter (2m 5 1/2f) in January 2017.

Trainer Says:

He missed last season but was a good novice hurdler. He is definitely a chaser in the making and we are looking forward to seeing him over the larger obstacles in a month or so.

Phoenix Way (IRE)

Form Profile:

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

Trainer Says:

He is another new horse to us this season after winning his point-to-point in Ireland. He will start off in novice hurdles and we will go from there.

Samarquand

Form Profile:

Winner of his bumper at Wincanton in April.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely Malinas gelding who won his bumper at Wincanton in April. He is entered up and he will hopefully be seen in action over hurdles. He is a chaser in the making but we should have some fun with him over hurdles.

Space Oddity (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 20 starts and currently rated 132 over fences. Finished fourth, beaten 18 lengths, to Copain De Classe on his reappearance in a handicap chase at Kempton (2m 2f) in October off a mark of 134.

Trainer Says:

He is high enough in the weights but we blew the cobwebs away at Kempton last month. He goes to Lingfield on Tuesday.

Video Form
13 Nov 2018:
25 Feb 2018:
13 Oct 2017:
6 May 2017:
13 Nov 2016:

The Last Samuri (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Howaboutthis (Oscar)
  • Trained by: K C Bailey
  • Last Race: Aintree, 14 Apr 2018 17:15
  • Result: PU/38, behind, hampered 6th (bechers), hampered again 15th (chair), struggling 23rd (2nd canal turn), tailed off when pulled up before 5 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 24 starts and currently rated 157. Probably best efforts last season when runner-up, beaten nine lengths, to Blaklion in the Becher Chase at Aintree (3m 2f) in December and when third, beaten 13 lengths, to Tiger Roll in the X-Country Chase at Cheltenham (3m 6f) in March both off a mark of 159 when trained by Kim Bailey.

Trainer Says:

He obviously need no introduction and is a new arrival. We are getting to know him and he will be ready at the end of November/early December and there are a whole host of option for him including the Becher Chase in which he has been placed a couple of times already. If all is well and he warrants his place in the line-up then the Grand National would be the long term aim again.

Video Form
4 Mar 2017:
5 Nov 2016:
5 Mar 2016:
28 Nov 2015:

Unowhatimeanharry

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sir Harry Lewis - Red Nose Lady (Teenoso)
  • Trained by: Harry Fry
  • Last Race: Aintree, 10 Nov 2018 14:10
  • Result: 3/5, in touch, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, went 3rd from next, no impression, stayed on to close on leading pair flat
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of 11 of his 28 starts and currently rated 159 over hurdles. Finished third, beaten four and a quarter lengths, to Wholestone in a conditions hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He has been a real star for us and last season didn’t go as we would have hoped but he is another we could never quite get right. He has come back in good order with himself and he made an encouraging reappearance at Aintree on Saturday. Hopefully, he can go on from there.

Video Form
27 Apr 2017:

Winningseverything (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a nice four-year-old by Flemensfirth who is ready to get started in the next week or so.

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