Unowhatimeanharry leads in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By NICHOLAS GODFREY 7:00PM 19 OCT 2016
THE Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle is the first target for Cheltenham Festival winner Unowhatimeanharry, who will be given every opportunity to establish himself in the staying hurdle division this season.
The eight-year-old, who will run in the colours of JP McManus for the first time on his reappearance, went on an unbeaten run of five last season, culminating with a gutsy victory in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
That victory was a first at the festival for Fry, who is keen to keep Unowhatimeanharry over hurdles in the immediate future, with a trip to Wetherby on October 29 the first port of call.
‘He’s a real trier’
“We did his wind and he thrived last season,” said Fry, discussing his stable stars as part of the Racing Post Stable Tours series. “He went from 123 to being rated 152 when he ran in the Albert Bartlett, but then he got reassessed and dropped to 149. I just wish every horse who won a race got dropped 3lb, let alone a Grade 1 at Cheltenham!
“He’s starting at a much higher level now, but he’s won from 2m4f-3m so he’s versatile and we know he’s a real trier and goes in testing conditions. We’re not thinking about fences at the moment – we’re going to remain in staying hurdles and see how far he can go.”
Unowhatimeanharry’s price for the World Hurdle, a potential target should he remain over hurdles for the entire season, currently ranges from 14-1 to 25-1.
Fry added: “The plan is to start at Wetherby on October 29 in the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle. If we decide he’d be more competitive going down the chasing route then I’d have no hesitation, but for the time being staying hurdles are the focus.”
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