Fry Back With Winners After Cheltenham
7:52am 18th March 2014
(Updated 7:55am 18th March 2014)
Dorset racehorse trainer Harry Fry's looking to the future after an unsuccessful Cheltenham Festival.
While all three of his runners finished, none won any prizemoney in the 4-day meeting.
But as soon as the festival finished, the trainer landed a double of winners on Saturday.
Rock On Ruby's jumping let him down in the Arkle Trophy. Fry told Wessex FM the horse made a mistake at the third fence and subsequent errors 'frightened him', and that there'll be discussions with owners about the next steps in his career.
Highland Retreat, who he describes as a 'mudlark', saw here chances diminish as dry weather made the ground firmer than ideal for her in the OLBG Mares Hurdle.
Vukovar was badly hampered by a horse which fell in front of him, nearly bringing him down and it was only the supreme efforts of jockey Noel Fehily which allowed him to stay on his feet, though it was a case of 'playing catch up' rather than having a realistic winning chance from that point on in the JLT Novices chase.
Writing on his website, the trainer says his team 'now have a year to put together another, hopefully stronger challenge there'.
Fry's hoping for better luck with runners who have winning chances at the Grand National and Scottish National meetings next month.
Ironically, as soon as the festival finished Harry was back among the winners. Bold Chief won a valuable novices handicap chase at Uttoxeter, while Henryville triumphed at a smaller race at Fontwell, both on Saturday.