HARRY FRY has quite rightly been recognised as one of the up and coming young trainers in the National Hunt division and, now in his fifth season with a license, the flood of winners have increased every year since he started in October 2012.
The 2015-2016 season saw Harry send out 54 winners and £718,943 in prize money and with the added bonus of a Cheltenham Festival winner when Unowhatimeanharry made it five out five for his trainer when landing the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle.
The stable star had to forego an engagement at Wetherby at the weekend due to ground conditions and plans for a trip to France or Aintree this week had to be put on hold too but he will soon be in action when the heavens open just a little.
There is plenty of raw talent in the Manor Farm team itching to get under way and with 12 winners already and £125,686 on the clock it looks like another personal best season will be achieved come next Spring.
Harry kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of his major hopes for the exciting months ahead.
A PLEIN TEMPS
6 b g Alberto Giacometti - Flower Des Champs
113 rated hurdler. Off the mark over hurdles when scoring by a length from Bells of Ailsworth at Taunton (3m) in March off a mark of 108.
"He won over hurdles at Taunton last season and actually ran a better race in defeat on his final start at Exeter when third in handicap to Valhalla. He is set to go novice chasing this year which is what he was bought for and he should be very competitive in novice handicap chases when he starts of possibly at Taunton on November 10."
AIR HORSE ONE
5 b g Mountain High - Whisky Rose
122 rated hurdler. Placed in two of his four hurdles last season.
"He is a second season hurdler who didn't really jump with any confidence last season and we have done a lot of work with him this Autumn. He is jumping well now and he is entered up this week. He has a rating of 122 and that's about right for what he's achieved. Two miles is his trip for the time being but he will get further in time."
7 b g Milan - Rilmount
Runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Vieux Lille in a novice hurdle at Exeter (2m 7f) on his only start for the stable.
"He was meant to run by now but had a slight hold up. He only had the one run for us and ran very well and hopefully it won't be long before he's got his head in front in a staying novice hurdle."
6 b g Malinas - Grande Sultane
139 rated hurdler. Scored by three quarters of a length from Label Des Obeaux in a novices hurdle at Ascot (2m 5 1/2f) in November.
"He is a fragile horse but talented and he's been entered up for the last ten days and we are dying to run him as he's in great form at home but he needs the rain to get started. He will start in a novice chase over three miles plus."
5 b g Milan - Shatani
Winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland in April.
"He is a lovely stamp of a horse having won his only point-to-point in Ireland. He will start in a two and half mile novices hurdle in about a month or so."
5 b g Gamut - Oak Lodge
Winning Irish bumper at Thurles in January and sixth in the Grade 2 bumper at Aintree on his debut for the stable.
"He joined us in the Spring having won his bumper in testing ground at Thurles. He ran very well to finish sixth in the Aintree bumper and he is crying out for a step up in trip. He is entered up in a two and a half mile hurdle at Newbury on Thursday."
5 b g Oscar - Golden Moment
Winner of a bumper at Huntingdon in January and beaten only a nose by Sam's Adventure in a valuable Sales bumper at Newbury in March.
"He was a smart bumper performer last year and he could run once more in a bumper at the Cheltenham November meeting before going hurdling. He's a nice horse to go novice hurdling with this season and two miles is ideal for him at the moment."
4 b g Black Sam Bellamy - Miss Match
Third in his only bumper at Uttoxeter in March.
"He is another who has been entered up and is waiting to run. He finished a promising third in his bumper at Uttoxeter in the Spring and will have learnt plenty from that run. Hopefully he will take a bit beating when we do run him - possibly at Chepstow on Wednesday."
6 b/br g Laveron - Open Up
145 rated hurdler. Winner of novice hurdles at Wetherby (2m) in October and Newbury (2m 3f) in December last season beating Big Chief Benny 17 lengths when gaining second success.
"He made his chase debut the other day at Fontwell and was a bit novicey to begin with then got into a rhythm before making a bad mistake at the first in the backstraight. That finished his race but he needs more give in the ground and the experience won't be lost on him. He is doing plenty of schooling at home and we will just wait for the slower ground. He will be out sooner rather than later weather depending."
8 b m Desert King - Priscilla
142 rated hurdler. Impressive 12 length victor from Altesse De Guye in a handicap hurdle at Ascot (2m 5 1/2f) in November of last year off a mark of 130.
"She is entered up this week in a couple of mares' chases at Market Rasen on Thursday and the plan has always been to go for the Mares beginners chase at Fontwell on Friday. She is a winning English point-to-pointer and has won three races over hurdles for us. She jumps very well and can go and make her mark in those Mares Novices' Chases."
5 b g Presenting - Dusty Too
Winner of a bumper at Taunton on his debut last December.
"He is a lovely horse who won on his debut for us at Taunton and he had one run over hurdles in the Spring and the experience would have done him the world of good. He is another one entered up waiting for a run on some decent ground."
8 b g Winged Love - Crystal Chord
146 rated chaser. Scored by two and a half lengths from Forever Gold in a handicap chase at Punchestown (3m 6f) in April off a mark of 138.
"He is a dual Punchestown Festival winner now and there is no urgency with him as his campaign in being geared around the four mile NH Chase at Cheltenham and five weeks later the Irish Grand National. We are working backward from that and he is obviously a novice for the season and will probably be out at the end of November in a Novice Chase."
5 b g Poliglote - Gold Or Silver
Winner of one of his four bumpers getting off the mark at Wincanton in May.
"He won his first bumper in May at Wincanton and he is due out in the next fortnight. He has done lots of schooling and he was keen in his bumpers and, hopefully, hurdles will help him to settle. If he does then he will be even more improved again."
5 b g Robin Des Champs - Mille Et Une
139 rated hurdler. Off the mark over hurdles when beating Walking In The Air two lengths at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) in March and beaten nine lengths by Bigbadjohn when heavily odds-on for a similar event over that course and distance the following month.
"He is a great big horse and a lovely imposing individual who won nicely on his second start over hurdles at Newbury. He wasn't quite right on his third outing and he's about to start over fences. He is such a big horse he needs soft in the going description and we are just waiting for the ground and then he will make his chasing debut."
8 b g Generous - Aquavita
141 rated chaser. Finished a respectable fourth, beaten five and a half lengths, to Potters Cross at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) at Chepstow in October and pulled up subsequent start at Cheltenham (3m 1f) later that month.
"He is a talented horse but a frustrating horse at the same time. He didn't turn up the other day at Cheltenham having run so well at Chepstow a fortnight before. He can be his own worst enemy as he can get lit up and do too much too early although the opposite could have been said of him at Cheltenham. We will make another plan for him but he is potentially getting well treated over hurdles."
JOLLY'S CRACKED IT
7 b g Astarabad - Jolly Harbour
141 rated hurdler when dead heating with Sternrubin in the Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at Ascot (2m) in December 2015.
"He is back in training after missing the rest of the season after dead heating in the Ladbroke Hurdle. The plan is to go back there again in December and we are working towards that and he will almost certainly stay in handicap hurdle company this season. Hopefully, he can resume where he left off."
5 b g Oscar - Montys Miss
Runner-up, beaten only three quarters of a length, to Champers On Ice on his hurdling bow at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) in November of last year and unplaced to Ma Du Fou on his only other outing in the Listed Sidney Banks Hurdle at Huntingdon (2m 3 1/2f) in February.
"He is new to the yard and came to us in the Summer. He is a lovely novice hurdle prospect for the season over two and a half miles and he will be out before the end of November."
5 gr g Sagamix - Missy O'Brien
Winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland in March.
"He is an Irish point-to-point winner who is an out and out galloper and another who definitely wants soft in the going description. He will be out when the weather changes and probably straight in a novice hurdle over two miles plus."
10 b g Morozov - Jolly Signal
139 rated chaser. Finished third, beaten 11 lengths, to Bob Tucker on his latest outing at Kempton (3m) in May off a mark of 140.
"He is one of the older statesmen of the yard and he has a love affair with Kempton having finished second in the Betbright Chase last season have won the race two years previously. We are working backards from then and we are looking at a couple of veterans chases - possibly at Sandown on Sunday and there is an ideal one over two miles and six at Leicester early on in November which is really his trip. He gets a flat three miles around Kempton and he has retained all his enthusiasm so hopefully we have another successful season."
OVER TO SAM
5 b g Black Sam Bellamy - Lady Brig
Winner of his only point-to-point.
"He is a nice five-year-old by Black Sam Bellamy who won in the Spring in the Scottish Highlands in a point-to-point. He is taking a bit of time to come to hand as he has done nothing but grow since we got him. He will be a lovely prospect in time and will be in staying novice hurdles this season."
8 br g Overbury - Black Secret
132 rated hurdler. Winner of novice hurdles at Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) in February and Lingfield in March.
"He is a real mudlark and he will be seen to best effect when it is virtually unraceable and he will go novice chasing this year. He won twice in novice hurdle company last season and needs the heavens to open."
5 b m King's Theatre - Ma Furie
Winner of her second bumper at Doncaster in January best Kayf Grace a head.
"She is a nice filly by King's Theatre who won her second start at Doncaster and beat a good bumper performer of Nicky Henderson's Kayf Grace. She didn't run again but has the option of running in the listed mares bumper at Cheltenham November meeting and then go hurdling."
5 b g Tobougg - Running For Annie
Winner of his second bumper at Ludlow in March.
"He is another who won his bumper and he improved all of last year and improved nicely on his first run to win at Ludlow in the Spring. He is probably three weeks off a run and could go for another bumper under a penalty but his future lies over hurdles for the rest of the season in novice company. He has plenty of speed so we will start him off over two miles but he could get two and a half by the end of the season."
11 b g King's Theatre - Shuil Na Lee
147 rated chaser who score by five lengths from Your Busy off his current mark at Aintree (3m 1f) in October.
"He won a Veterans Chase at Aintree very nicely recently and he is due to go up 6lb which keeps him in Veterans Chases. He has come out of the race in good form and good ground is perfect for him.
4 b f Black Sam Bellamy - All Rise
Winner of her only point-to-point in May.
"She is a nice filly who joined us in the Spring after winning her point-to-point. She could go to Warwick on Friday for a mares bumper and is only a four-year-old so there would be no rush with her. We don't know whether we will stick to bumpers for this season or go into mares hurdles."
7 b g Sir Harry Lewis - Tentsmuir
137 rated chaser. Winner of a beginners chase at Ascot (2m 3f) last November and a novices' chase at Doncaster (3m) in January.
"He was due to run at Ascot last Saturday in the Sodexo Chase but we couldn't run him on quick ground. He is in really good form with himself and won on his last two seasonal reappearances. He is going to be entered in the Badger Ales on Saturday at Wincanton and just needs the rain. Genuine good ground would be fine for him and we are looking forward to running him. He could be very competitive off his mark in a valuable handicap chase."
8 b g Sir Harry Lewis - Red Nose Lady
149 rated hurdler. Unbeaten in five outing since joining stable and season culminated in a length and a quarter victory from Fagan in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in March.
"He was the star of last year and did nothing but improve all season. He could have gone to Wetherby for the West Yorkshire Hurdle but the ground was too fast. He was going to be entered up at Auteuil on Saturday and at Aintree but we are waiting for the rain to arrive before we get him started. It is going to be tough for him this season starting at a much higher level but he deserves chance in better company and we are sticking to hurdles for the time being."
6 b g Voix Du Nord - Eau De Chesne
149 rated chaser. Last success at Cheltenham (2m 5f) in April when beating Art Mauresque a length and a half off a mark of 145. Has run well in handicap chase this Autumn and only beaten nine and quarter length by the winner Antony when unplaced in the Sodexo Handicap Chase at Ascot (3m) on Saturday.
"He was stepping up in trip in the Sodexo Chase at Ascot on Saturday and saw the three miles out well but we will ride him closer to the pace next time as we got our tactics wrong in a slowly run race.
7 b g Midnight Legend - What A Mover
144 rated hurdler. Gained his last success over hurdles in a Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock (2m 7f) in May when beating Minella Daddy five lengths off a mark of 138. Had an easy task when scoring in a beginners chase at Hereford (3m 1f) on Sunday.
"He made his chasing debut at Ffos Las a fortnight ago and he is a good ground horse and it did nothing but rain at Ffos Las that day. That is not what he wanted but he was better for the experience and hacked up at Hereford on Sunday. Hopefully, he can go and progress over fences this season but he wants top of the ground and is likely to be out sooner rather than later."
6 b g Fruits of Love - Native Beau
140 rated hurdler. Winner of novice hurdles at Exeter (2m 7f) in April and Uttoxeter (2m 7 1/2f) in May.
"He is a lovely horse who joined us late last season and won his only two starts for us - both of them impressively. I was keen to run him in another three mile hurdle as he is still unexposed but ground conditions forced our hand. He is more likely to go chasing - he has entries this week and we will go somewhere where the ground is safe."
AIR HORSE ONE - has been brushing up his jumping on the schooling grounds and can soon get his head in front in novice hurdle company.
ANY DRAMA - exciting recruit from Ireland whose hurdling career could get under way later this week at Newbury.
BAGS GROOVE - smart bumper performer who has plenty to offer this season.
DESERT QUEEN - goes mares novice chasing this time around and looks one to follow.
FLETCHERS FLYER - still qualifies as a novice chaser this season and well worth keeping an eye on in long distance events.
UNOWHATIMEANHARRY - ground denied his re-entry at Wetherby at the weekend but could still have more to offer in staying hurdles this term.