Peterborough plan for Bags Groove

Fry has high hopes for classy eight-year-old

  • Wednesday 25 September
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Harry Fry is targeting Bags Groove at the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in December as a main objective for the first half of the season.

The eight-year-old won four of his six races in his first season over fences, with his two defeats coming in Grade Ones at Kempton and Aintree.

“He’s in good order. He had a good first season over fences,” said the Dorset trainer.

“It was a shame the way things worked out that the only two races he disappointed were both in Grade Ones. There were reasons to forgive him those performances.

“Before Christmas, I quite like before the Peterborough Chase in December. He won at the track last year over slightly further, so we might look to target something like that in the first half of the season.”

Hell’s Kitchen could start the new campaign in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in early November.

After he won a handicap chase at Ascot in December there was no hiding place for the eight-year-old in the spring.

He took on the best, including Altior, when competing at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown.

“He was highly-tried in all the spring festival Grade Ones,” said Fry.

“He’s not getting any smaller. He’s 18 hands and you know he’s about the place.

“He could reappear at Exeter for the Haldon Gold Cup or there’s a valuable graduation chase up at Carlisle over two miles the following week, so we have options there for him.”

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