Harry Fry has earmarked the Jacquart Noel Novices’ Chase at Ascot as a possible goal for If The Cap Fits.
The Dorset handler is contemplating dropping the eight-year-old down in journey for the two-mile-five-furlong Grade Two, which has been gained lately by the likes of Politologue and Simonsig, on December 18.
Having made a profitable chasing debut at Ffos Las – beating the sensible Fiddlerontheroof – the Grade One-winning hurdler misplaced his unbeaten report over fences at Sandown final day out after struggling an odds-on defeat in a three-mile Listed contest.
Fry stated: “I used to be disenchanted to not win at Sandown with the allowances we have been getting. We learnt perhaps extra in defeat than if we had gained.
“It was solely his second begin over fences and to leap three miles round Sandown is an effective expertise.
“We will now perhaps come to Ascot earlier than Christmas for the Grade Two which is over two miles 5 and a bit.
“There are nonetheless numerous good races to look ahead to and this a part of the season it’s all about getting the expertise into him.”
One factor Fry plans to do when If The Cap Fits subsequent seems is reapply the cheekpieces which have been absent in each his begins over fences.
He added: “His previous couple of runs over hurdles have been in cheekpieces. We had left them off over fences, however I feel they are going to be going again on subsequent time.
“As his homeowners stated, the battle might have been misplaced however the battle goes on.”
Plans for steady stalwart Unowhatimeanharry stay fluid following his comeback victory in a Pertemps qualifier at Aintree.
Fry stated: “He has given us some particular days and that was one other memorable event. It was improbable and nice to see him profitable races on the grand previous age of 12 underneath top-weight – Kevin Brogan gave him a stunning journey.
“He is again up into the 150s now and you’re both carrying top-weight in a handicap otherwise you pitch him again within the races he has gained earlier than.
“He will inform us when he’s prepared once more. It is simply nice he’s nonetheless in love with the sport and having fun with it.”
Though Fry will take loads of plaudits for getting the four-time Grade One scorer again to profitable methods, he believes proprietor JP McManus deserves an equal quantity of reward.
Fry stated: “It was Mr McManus’ name to maintain him in coaching and he was completely spot on.
“At dwelling you would not have recognized he was a 12-year-old about to show 13. We are at a brand new yard and a change of surroundings has in all probability achieved him no hurt.
“He is a four-time Grade One winner and would not owe us something. Wins like his final one are simply cherries on prime. We will simply get pleasure from having him round.”