Harry Fry satisfied with Vukovar's chasing debut
Last Updated: 10/12/13 3:22pm
Harry Fry: High hopes for Vukovar
Harry Fry has expressed himself satisfied with Vukovar's chasing debut at Warwick despite the four year old's defeat.
There was plenty of hype accompanying the debut of the French import's British bow as the horse that he had beaten on his final start on the continent, Dell' Arca, landed the competitive Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on his first run on these shores.
Dell' Arca was rated just 128 when winning last month but that didn't stop punters sending the then unbeaten Vukovar off at 4/6 on Sunday despite the 150-rated Mr Mole being among the opposition.
The Seaborough-based trainer was at pains to point that out as he accentuated the positives in his latest blog for StanJames.com.
"There were lots of positives to take from it. He jumped and travelled like a very good horse and looked the winner before turning in and just got caught by an inspired AP McCoy on Mr Mole on a going day.
"At the end of the day, he's a 150-rated hurdler and we were 137 so theoretically we haven't run a bad race at all but we've learnt plenty from the race and onwards and upwards," he said.
Future plans for the Voix du Nord gelding include a possible date at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but his trainer did insist that his next run will be decided by underfoot conditions.
"He'll possibly run at Newbury at the end of December or Cheltenham on New Year's Day. We'll see what the ground is but he's one that'll definitely appreciate a step-up in trip," said Fry.
"Two miles and three at Exeter was where we wanted to go but it was important to get started. We see him much more as a two-and-a-half mile horse as opposed to a two-miler, that's for sure.
"The ground was a little quick. It was perfectly safe which is what we wanted and so no real excuses on that front. He will appreciate a bit more cut but the main thing is he's a big horse and we just wanted safe winter ground."