Trainer Harry Fry is praying less rain than forecast falls at Doncaster so as to get another run into Rock On Ruby today.
The 2012 Champion Hurdle winner has only had one run over the bigger obstacles and his presence in the Eventmasters Corporate Hospitality Novices’ Chase has scared off all bar one opponent, the useful Mr Mole from Paul Nicholls’ yard.
However, due to the fact Rock On Ruby has had issues with his breathing Fry will not risk his stable star on ground he feels is too soft. “I’m praying they don’t get too much rain” said the Dorset handler.
“The ground is good to soft. They were forecast up to 9mm and if they get that and it turns soft then we wouldn’t go. But if they were to get less than five then we’d be making our way up. It’s only a match but the horse comes first.”
“The fact he only has one rival wouldn’t affect our decision.
“I’ve been in regular contact with the clerk of the course Roderick Duncan and I will be overnight, I suspect. I hope it’s third-time lucky that we get to run him at Doncaster having missed the first two.
“It’s the best ground anywhere in the county but they’ve got gusting winds and that might help keep some of the rain off.
“Noel (Fehily) schooled him on Tuesday over some fences in case he does run and he jumped well, Noel was delighted with him.
“He’s a popular horse so we want to do what is right by him.”