Harry Fry reports If The Cap Fits to have thrived for his summer break and is looking forward to challenging Paisley Park for the Stayers’ Hurdle crown.
Wetherby’s West Yorkshire Hurdle or the Coral Hurdle at Ascot in November are the options Fry is considering as the starting point for the Liverpool Hurdle winner.
After that, If The Cap Fits could clash with Emma Lavelle’s Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle hero in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December which Paisley Park won last term.
“He’s been with (owners) Paul and Clare Rooney’s racing manager Jason Maguire and has come back looking a picture,” said Fry.
“He’s in good order with himself and we’re looking forward to campaigning him in the top staying hurdles.
“He’s only had the one run at three miles and he was successful at the highest level at Aintree.
“There’s a pretty impressive staying hurdle champion and someone has to serve it up to him.
“He’s a seven-year-old and he could start back either at Wetherby in the West Yorkshire Hurdle or go back to Ascot for the Coral Hurdle which he won last year prior to having a crack at the Long Walk before Christmas.”
Unowhatimeanharry showed he was no back number as a top staying hurdler when winning the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown in May.
Fry is happy to keep the 11-year-old going while he shows he still has the enthusiasm and the ability to perform at a decent level.
He could head to Wetherby for the Grade Two for his seasonal debut.
“He’s come back in in great order. You wouldn’t know he was 11 turning 12 this season, but obviously it was a brilliant day at Punchestown winning his fourth career Grade One and he did brilliantly at Mr (J P) McManus’s (owner) stud in Martinstown over the summer,” said the Dorset handler.
“He’s all set to continue in the staying hurdle division and he is pencilled in hopefully to return at Wetherby in the West Yorkshire Hurdle and go from there.
“Obviously he’s not getting any younger, but the plan is as long as he’s enjoying his racing and being competitive he’ll keep going.”