Harry Fry eyes dry run at Ascot for Rock On Ruby

Harry Fry would like conditions to be dry as stable star Rock On Ruby drops back in trip in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot today.

The 2012 Champion Hurdle hero failed to last three miles on soft ground when second to Kilcooley in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby on his seasonal debut three weeks ago.

“He had a hard race at Wetherby so we haven’t done an awful lot with him since, but he’s in good order,” said Fry.

“I’m hoping the rain holds off as we all know he’s better on better ground.

“He’s coming back in trip after failing to get home in the conditions at Wetherby, but I think we might have another go at three miles on better ground in the spring.

“He’s got to give weight away all round, but hopefully he’ll give a good account of himself.

“This looks an ideal opportunity to run him before going back to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day for the Relkeel which he won last season.

“There aren’t too many opportunities so we’re looking forward to him taking his chance.

“He’s not run at Ascot before, but I can’t see it being a problem at all.

“He’s got a new jockey with Noel (Fehily) Haydock-bound to ride Silviniaco Conti. Barry Geraghty was available so I’m delighted he’s able to ride him.”

Philip Hobbs believes Brother Tedd has earned the right to go for a rich prize after continuing his progression with a comfortable victory over Silviniaco Conti at Kempton earlier this month.

Hobbs said: “He’s been fast improving. He’s now rated 155 after he’s won his last two — his first run this season and his last run last season.

“He deserves to take his chance.”

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