HARRY Fry is keen to let the dust settle on the Cheltenham Festival before committing to future targets with his vanquished pair of Neon Wolf and Unowhatimeanharry.
Neon Wolf was widely considered as one of the bankers of the meeting in last Wednesday’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, but was out-battled by the ultra-game Willoughby Court.
Unowhatimeanharry was odds-on for the Stayers’ Hurdle the following afternoon and while he was far from disgraced, he ultimately came up short and passed the post in third place.
Fry said: “We will give all the Cheltenham horses a week to 10 days off and see how they come out of it before making any plans.
“In an ideal world, Neon Wolf would have won, but he ran very well and we have an exciting horse on our hands.
“Without doubt he will be jumping a fence next year, as he looks a chaser through and through. He is a nice one to look forward to.
“Plenty of good horses have finished second in the Neptune and gone on to good things.
“Naturally I’m disappointed with Unowhatimeanharry, but he was just not good enough on the day.
“His best form is on slower ground and, like Neon Wolf, softer ground would have made a big difference, but that is racing and it is the one thing we can’t control.
“Again, we will see where we are in a week to 10 days before making any plans.”