THE new year has been extremely fruitful for Seaborough trainer Harry Fry so far, as he saddled six-year-old Golden Birthday to victory at Plumpton.

The 11-8 favourite justified his short price tag under the guidance of Noel Fehily by just about finding enough to see off the challenge of second-placed Action Replay and Count Meribel in third.

That gave the Dorset trainer four winners in two days as he recorded a treble at Exeter on new year’s day.

Neon Wolf, Space Oddity and Air Horse One all scored victories for the former assistant to Paul Nicholls on that occasion.

Golden Birthday’s success was Fry’s 32nd of the 2016/17 season so far and puts his strike rate of winners to just more than 20 per cent for the campaign.

He is also on target to chase down his personal best total for winners in a season of 54, which came last term.

Later in the meeting at Plumpton, Fry and jockey Fehily almost teamed up for victory once again.

Six-year-old Minella Awards, on his first run for Fry’s Yard, finished second behind the Phillip Hobbs-trained No Comment.