Harry Fry: If The Cap Fits has been jumping out of his skin
The Betway ambassador weighs up the chances of his weekend runners at Wincanton, Aintree and Sandown, including a couple in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle.
Outofthisworld won a nice race at Market Rasen on Thursday.
She showed the form that we saw on her debut when she won her bumper back in May 2017.
She was still a bit of a novice, and I think the fall from last time may have knocked her confidence a little bit, but Noel Fehily gave her a great ride and she loved the trip. She’ll go again in a mares’ novices event before hopefully moving onto bigger things.
We do like her and she was one that we could never get right last year.
Thankfully the owners have been patient and allowed us to give her a good break and get her back to being the horse we know she is.
Lorry-load at Wincanton
I walked Wincanton yesterday. It’s not far off being a beautiful ground and with a bit more rain it should be perfect.
We’re taking a good lorry-load there, starting with Litterale Ci in the mares’ handicap hurdle (13:50).
We won the race last year with Lamanver Odyssey off bottom-weight and today we’ve got top-weight. She’s off a career-high mark but I think we can be competitive off it.
We’ve then got Bags Groove in the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices’ Chase (14:25). He won nicely at Ffos Las and this has been the plan since.
If he puts in as good a round of jumping as he did the last day then we should be right there, and if he can go and win the race then you’d have to think he’s setting the benchmark for novice chasers this season.
However, it’s very early days, and there’ll be a few that have yet to run due to the dry weather we’ve had.
We run two in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle (3.00pm), starting with Air Horse One .
We thought we’d let him take his chance in a conditions race rather than lug top weight around in a handicap.
This is very much the starting point for him, and whatever he does tomorrow he’ll build on with other targets in mind.
If The Cap Fits is obviously our other ride.
I walked the course and decided everything was fine for him. He’s been jumping out of his skin at home and is crying out for a run.
He’s got a bit to find on ratings with the likes of Verdana Blue and We Have A Dream, but it’s a competitive race and we’re just looking forward to getting him started.
We’re going there hoping that the dream can still be alive afterwards, so there’s a real balance of the excitement of having him fit and ready to go, and also an element of nerves.
There’s a lot of belief in him and we certainly wouldn’t be running him in the race if we didn’t think he could be very competitive.
Jeremiah James , who goes in the bumper (16:10), is actually putting me under the most pressure all day, as he’s owned by my mother and her good friend.
He’s making his debut in a race we won last year with Caribert.
Like all of ours, he’ll be better for the outing, but he’s a nice horse and is up to winning a bumper. Whether that’s tomorrow or not we’ll have to find out.
Close eye on Aintree runners
I won’t be at Aintree as Wincanton is a bit nearer to me, but I’ll be watching the screens there very closely.
Minella Awards is part of a two-runner novices’ chase (12:25).
We know this isn’t really his time of year as he tends to come good in the spring, but hopefully he can put in another clear round and give us something to build on for later in the season.
Captain Drake goes in the next (13:00pm). He won his only start for us in a heavy ground bumper at Towcester in the spring and we’re looking forward to getting him back out again.
He’s a real galloper so we’ve decided to step him up in trip straight away and hopefully that will suit.
Unowhatimeanharry starts his campaign in the two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle (14:10), which he won last season.
Though he may be better over further distances, it’s a nice starting point considering he gets a nice weight under this penalty structure.
He’s only got a 4lb penalty and is getting weight from the likes of Wholestone and Agrapart.
While he obviously isn’t getting any younger or improving any further, he still has the ability to win a race like this and is ready for it.
We’ll know more about his plans for the rest of the season after tomorrow, but hopefully we’re challenging for all the top stayers’ prizes once again.
Hell’s Kitchen stands a big chance in the two-and-a-half mile handicap chase (14:40) based on the form of his Boxing Day win at Kempton.
He can be a bit too exuberant for his own good at times, so as long as Barry Geraghty can contain that and he doesn’t do too much too early then he should be right there.
Lastly, Misty Whisky goes in the bumper (15:55). She’s a lovely mare that has been showing all the right signs at home.
She’s a half-sister to our very own Air Horse One and we’re really looking forward to her run, though she may be a bit green.
One at Sandown on Sunday
Serosevsky, who has been running over the summer - winning at Newton Abbot and placing in his other two starts - will take his chance in the two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle (12.45pm).
He’s been running very nicely and we’re hopeful of another big run before he takes a well-earned break.
We don’t want him trudging around in bottomless winter ground, so we’ll just see what the weather does.
Across all of my runners this weekend, and I don’t want to curse anything, I’d say Bags Groove is my best chance of a winner.
It’s great to be in a position where you have a number of good chances and you’re not quite sure which one is you’re best, but I’d just about side with him given his performance last time out.
I’d certainly be very disappointed if I return from the weekend empty-handed.
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