Harry Fry Stable Tour

    From his Dorset base Harry Fry talks to At The Races about his string and an especially strong novice chase division which includes the Grade 1 winning Bitofapuzzle

To say that Harry Fry has come a long way in a short time with a trainers' licence would be something as an understatement as he shines brightly as one of the fireworks that will be lighting up the sky on November 5.

Fry notched up his 100th winner since taking out a licence in October 2012 when Henryville won at Fontwell at the beginning of month and remarkably sent out 20 winners in his first six months in his chosen profession.

Stable stalwart Rock On Ruby won the Grade 2 Osbourne House Relkeel Hurdle for him last season and steps out again this weekend in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby where he tries three miles for the first time. The stable enjoyed their first Grade 1 winner when tough as teak mare Bitofapuzzle landed the EBF Mares' Novice Hurdle Championship at Fairyhouse in April and made it six wins from only eight career starts. She is set to go novice chasing this term and, along with other chasing recruits Activial, Fletchers Flyer,Jollyallan and Thomas Brown looks to provide Fry with a strong hand in that division.

Harry notched up £528,346 in prize money last season and 36 winners and looks set fair for another money spinning season.

Harry kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of his prospect for the months ahead.

5 gr/ro g Lord Du Sud - Kissmirial

Winner of two of his nine starts, Placed in the Ladbroke, Betfair and Coral Cup Hurdles. Currently rated 153 over hurdles.
"He ran extremely well in three very competitive handicap hurdles last season not least when beaten in a head to head for the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March. That was his first try at two miles five and we will see him starting off over that sort of trip over fences in about four weeks. He jumps for fun and I am looking forward to going novice chasing with him. If he is as progressive over fences as he was over hurdles last season he could be a top level novice chaser."

4 b g Mountain High - Whisky Rose

Winner on his debut in a bumper at Exeter in the Spring and beaten only a length when second to Aurillac in an open bumper at Cheltenham on Saturday.
"He ran a cracking race under his penalty in a bumper at Cheltenham on Saturday and had clearly improved for the experience when winning his bumper at Exeter in the Spring. We will see how he comes out of the race but he looks the sort to prove an exciting recruit to novice hurdles."

5 b g Malinas - Grande Sultane

Awarded his only point-to-point in Ireland after being hampered and finishing second. Third at Aintree on Sunday on his hurdling debut.
"He ran well at Aintree on Sunday in a two and a half mile maiden when finishing third to Perform. He can only come on for that run and he will improve as he goes further."

5 b g Khalkevi - Physicienne

Winner over hurdles in France.
"He was in training with us last year but suffered an injury which prevented him from running. He has made a full recovery and will be running in handicap hurdles over two and a quarter and two and a half miles. I will be disappointed if he can't make his mark in that company as the handicapper has given him a mark of 114.

7 b m Tamure - Gaelic Gold

Rated 148 over hurdles. Winner of six of her eight starts and beaten only a head and a neck by Glens Melody and Polly Peachum in the Grade 1 David Nicholson Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 4f) in March. Ended her campaign with a Grade 1 success at Fairyhouse (2m 4f) in April.
"She has been a superstar for us and gave us our first Grade 1 winner when winning at Fairyhouse. She was successful in point-to-point company and we are hoping she will make a smart novice chase prospect. She will be out at the end of November or early December over two and a half miles and will stay three miles over fences."

3 b f Konig Turg - Quelye Des Blins

Winner of her only bumper in France in March.
"We are hoping she is good enough to go for the Listed Juvenile Fillies Race at Aintree in December but we will run her a run over hurdles next month and see how she goes but she looks a nice prospect."

3 ch g Protektor - Kissmirial

"He is a half brother to Activial and joined us before Christmas. He will run in bumpers this season and we won't rush him."

5 b/br g Laveron - Open Up

Winner of a point-to-point and unplaced in a bumper at Aintree in May.
"He was far too keen in his bumper but you can put a line through that run. He is better than he showed then and he can prove that when he goes novice hurdling over two and a half miles."

5 b g Oscar - Be My Leader

Winner of one of his two bumpers.
"He had a few minor setbacks but is fine now and he make his debut over hurdles tomorrow at Bangor over two miles."

7 b m Desert King - Priscilla

Winner of her first two novice hurdles at Sandown and Fontwell in March. Currently rated 131 over hurdles.
"She won her first two races for us and is a dual winning point-to-pointer. She will go to Wincanton on November 7 for a mares handicap hurdle and we will decide after that whether we stick to hurdles or go novice chasing. She will want at least two and a half miles and will stay further."

7 b g Winged Love - Crystal Chord

Rated 140 over hurdles. Winner of three of his 7 starts - successful over hurdles at Ascot in November and Wincanton in January.
"He has done well over the Summer and we are looking forward to sending him novice chasing. He has always looked a chaser in the making and he could do even better over fences."

5 ch g Generous - Nuzzle

Currently rated 128 over hurdles. Winner of two of his seven starts, scoring in a maiden hurdle at Kempton in May and Newton Abbot in September.
"He could only finish fifth under a double penalty at Fontwell the other day and he is probably rated too highly on 128. Two miles suits him well."

7 b g Westerner - Grandy Hall

Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland, a bumper and a novice hurdle.
"He is a new addition to the team and we are still learning about him. We will probably run him in a handicap hurdle next month before deciding whether to go novice chasing."

7 b g Generous - Aquavita

Currently rated 144 over fences and 156 over hurdles. Winner of five of his 21 starts and finished fourth to Call The Cops under topweight in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham in March. Beaten only half a length by Irish Cavalier in an intermediate chase at Newton Abbot (2m 5f) in October."
"Unfortunately, he has had a setback and won't be out until the Spring. I was delighted with his run at Newton Abbot when he was a bit novicey but was beaten only half a length by a second season chaser and he will have learnt a lot for that experience. We look forward to getting him back on track as he looks an exciting prospect."

5 b m Milan - Maddy's Supreme (IRE)

Winner of an Irish point-to-point and fourth in a bumper at Aintree on Sunday.
"She ran a promising race when finishing fourth in what looked a decent mares bumper at Aintree on Sunday. We may well run her over hurdles now and she looks a nice prospect who should win her share."

6 b g Rocamadour - Life Line

Winner of his first three races over hurdles at Exeter, Newbury and Kempton in November and December. Currently rated 151 over hurdles.
"He is another exciting prospect for novices chases and won his first three races over hurdles last season before being beaten only half a length by Garde La Victoire at Sandown. Plans are on hold for him at the moment as he has had a setback and is nowhere near being back in training but hopefully he will make a full recovery."

6 b g Astrabad - Jolly Harbour

Currently rated 138 over hurdles. Winner of his first two hurdles at Ascot before finishing second to L'Ami Serge in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
"The plan is to stay over hurdles with him and he could start at Ascot at the end of the week and we are keen to go for the Ladbroke Hurdle atAscot on December 17."

4 b f Presenting - Whitlock

Fourth on her only start in a bumper at Taunton in March.
"She is a well bred filly who will have learnt plenty from her first run at Taunton. I hope she can win her bumper then she could be one for a listed event in the Spring."

4 b g Blue Bresil - Mick Maya

Currently rated 130 over hurdles. Placed behind Old Guard and Top Notch in two juvenile hurdles at Newbury in October and November last season.
"He came up against a couple of good hurdlers last season and we decided to keep him a novice for this season. He has strengthened up a bit over the Summer and he could go for the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham off 130. Hopefully, he can win a decent race this season."

6 b g Mountain High - Ceart Go Leor

Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and fourth in a bumper at Chepstow this month for present connections.
"He showed plenty of promise when finishing fourth in his bumper at Chepstow and will want further than two miles over hurdles. He should soon be out again as he appears to like better ground."

8 b g Old Vic - Katday

Promise in two runs over hurdles.
"He's a half brother to Best Mate and will benefit from stepping up to three miles over fences this season. He goes for a novice handicap chase and we are obviously hoping he takes to fences."

9 b g Morozov - Jolly Signal

Rated 143 over fences. Winner of handicap chase at Fontwell and Wincanton in the Spring. Well beaten in the Munster National at Limerick on his reappearance this month.
"He is probably going to find it hard off his current mark and probably needs to come down a bit before he can get his head in front again. He is eligible for veteran races on January 1 and that might be the time to follow him."

10 b g Oscar - Stony View

Rated 160 over hurdles. Winner of the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham in December and winner of 11 of his 25 starts including the 2012 Champion Hurdle.
"He has been a superstar for us and still shows all his enthusiasm at home. He will start off in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby this weekend and we are confident he will stay the three miles on what should be decent ground. That race will tell us if he stays and we can map out the rest of the season after that."

10 b g King's Theatre - Shuil Na Lee

Currently rated 139 over fences. Scored by five lengths from Silver Man in the valuable Listed Summer Cup Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter (3m 2f 13yds) in June.
"He has proved a revelation since joining us and has won three out of four. He seems in great form and he could go for the United House at Ascot this weekend or the Badger Ales at Wincanton on November 7. After that it will be the Becher Chase at Aintree."

4 b g Califlet - Suzuka

"He is a nice big scopey individual whose long term future will be over fences. However, he has shown enough to suggest he will be competitive in bumpers and looks a nice prospect."

6 b g Sir Harry Lewis - Tentsmuir

Rated 142 over hurdles. Winner twice over hurdles last season including when beating Robinsfirth half a length at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) on New Year's Day.
"He did well over hurdles last season but could make an even better chaser. His best form over hurdles was at around two and a half miles and that's where we will start him off over fences."

7 b g Sir Harry Lewis - Red Nose Lady

Rated 123 over hurdles and winner of a bumper for his former trainer Helen Nelmes. Placed several times over hurdles.
"He is a new arrival and he should be capable of winning a maiden hurdle at least for the Harry Fry Racing Club. Three mile handicap hurdles should be right up his street and we will be looking to make the most of his mark."

5 b g Voix Du Nord - Eau De Chesne

Winner of two of his eight starts and successful latest outing at Ffos Las (2m 3 1/2f) this month when beating Henllan Hari 13 lengths off a mark of 122. Currently rated 130 over fences.
"I was delighted with his recent win at Ffos Las and the handicapper put him up 8lb for that success. He wants decent ground and the plan is to go to Ascot this weekend."

6 b g Oscar - Loxhill Lady

Currently rated 128 over hurdles. Winner of three of his 6 starts, scoring in two bumpers and novice hurdle at Taunton (2m 1/2f) last November.
"He won't be running until Christmas or early in the New Year but we hope there is a good handicap hurdle in him. He has plenty of ability but is very fragile and we just have to keep him in one piece."

ACTIVIAL - one of several exciting novice chase prospect who will soon be paying his way.
AIR HORSE ONE - cracking effort in an open bumper at Cheltenham on Saturday augurs well for his novice hurdling career.
BITOFAPUZZLE - could easily be the best in the mares novice chase divison this season.
FLETCHERS FLYER - has always looked the sort to do better over fences even though more than paying his way over hurdles.
ROCK ON RUBY - grand campaigner who could have another string to his bow if staying three miles.
THOMAS BROWN - yet another who could give Fry a strong representation in the novice chase division.

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