HARRY Fry could not be happier as Rock On Ruby attempts to continue his excellent Festival record in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham today (2.05).
The seven-year-old has finished in the first two in all his three previous visits, winning the Champion Hurdle on this day in 2012 and finishing runner-up 12 months ago, as well as going down by a short head in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle in 2011.
Critics will point to the fact Rock On Ruby has only had the two runs over fences, winning both, but that was due to the trainer avoiding the incessant heavy ground during the winter.
With conditions drying out just at the right time, Fry goes to Prestbury Park full of confidence.
“We couldn’t have wished for a better run-up on the weather front to Rock On Ruby going in the Arkle,” the Seaborough handler told his stanjames.com blog.