Opening Batsman Hopes To Knock Opponents For Six

Opening Batsman Hopes To Knock Opponents For Six

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 9:34am 2nd November 2013.

Dorset trainer Harry Fry saddles last year's Racing Plus Chase winner in today's big race at Ascot

One of Dorset's top horses makes his seasonal reappearance this afternoon.

'Opening Batsman', trained at Seaborough near Beaminster by Harry Fry,  is one of the favourites in the United House Gold Cup Steeplechase at Ascot.

The horse came to the notice of many by winning last season's Racing Plus Chase.

Fry, who was national hunt's youngest fully licenced trainer in his first full season last year, says today's outcome will determine the races he's likely to contest  in the rest of this season.

Speaking to Sporting, the Dorset handler said: "He's in great form at home and this has been his target since he came back in from his summer break.

"He is 8lb higher than winning the Racing Plus Chase. He had another run at Aintree and was pulled up, but that was definitely one run too many for him.

"We want to find out if he can be competitive off this mark. If he can, great. We have given him an entry in the Hennessy Gold Cup, but we'll take it one race at a time.

"If he can't be competitive on Saturday, we'll have to duck and dive and try and find some suitable races for him.

"He is definitely ready for Saturday. He's been well prepared for this race."