Sunday 22 April 2018

New dawn for Fry as Nicholls' protege starts out on his own

Harry Fry sends out his first official runner as a trainer today when Subtle Sovereign lines up at Wincanton.

Fry was credited with preparing last season's Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby from Paul Nicholls' satellite yard in Dorset and that base at Seaborough is where he starts his training career.

With Rock On Ruby set to fly the flag for Fry this year, the 25-year-old is looking forward to sending out his first runner.

"It's very exciting. I've waited a long time for this day and hope the horses can do the talking for me in the next few weeks," he said.

"I'm keen to make a bright start, but I'm not expecting fireworks from Subtle Sovereign. Basically, he's a nice youngster and is open to improvement.

"I thought Dancingtilmidnight had a really decent chance in the bumper, so it was a blow to hear that she had been balloted out."

Fry is set to field smart novice King Of The Night in Friday's novice chase at Cheltenham. "His schooling has been excellent from the start and he will be ridden by Noel Fehily, who will be riding quite a few of mine," he said.

"I was delighted to see Noel have his first winner on Tuesday after a long time out with injury."

As well as acting as Nicholls' assistant, Fry also held that position with renowned point-to-point trainer Richard Barber, who formerly operated the Seaborough yard for the champion trainer.

Nicholls -- who runs favourite Cowards Close against Subtle Sovereign today -- was eager to wish his former assistant much luck in his new endeavour.

He tweeted: "Good luck Harry Fry tomorrow with his first runners at Wincanton. Sure to be a success. Trainer to follow."

Irish Independent

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