Opening Batsman was a ready winner of the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton
Last Updated: February 23, 2013 5:40pm
Opening Batsman: Big race success for Harry Fry
Opening Batsman helped Harry Fry to get one over his old boss Paul Nicholls in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton.
The 12/1 chance was always handy under Noel Fehily and kept on strongly in the closing stages to reel in Rolling Aces, trained by Fry's former boss Paul Nicholls.
Duke Of Lucca kept on the deny long-time leader and stablemate Quinz of third place.
Turning for home, there were only seven left in with a chance, the septet separated by little more than a couple lengths over the third-last fence.
Quinz did his best to hold off the rivals, but Rolling Aces headed him between the
last two. However, on his inside, it was Opening Batsman who just got away from the final fence with a little more speed than his rival and edged clear close home to win by two lengths.
Nicholls was first to congratulate the successful trainer aftewards as the members of the Twelfth Man Partnership thronged the winner's enclosure.
Favourite Wyck Hill, making his first start in the colours of new owner JP McManus, was never travelling from an early stage.
"Jumping has been the making of him and he hasn't put a foot wrong so far," the winning trainer told Racing UK. "He was coming into the race as a novice but he had point-to-point form and that wasn't a worry for me.
"He's got four entries at Cheltenham and we'll have a look when the weights come out but it's all about today for now.
"I wouldn't be here for having spent four fantastic years learning from a fantastic team at Paul Nicholls' and I'll always be grateful."