Rock On Ruby: odds cut for Arkle as Fry sends out another winnerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ruby cut for Arkle as Fry's run continues
ROCK ON RUBY had his odds for the Racing Post Arkle Chase cut on Thursday amid reports of "very good support" as his trainer Harry Fry continued his perfect start to the new year.
A day after Mendip Express provided Fry with a first-ever Cheltenham winner, Bitofapuzzle made it two from two for the trainer in 2014 as she won the Listed mares' bumper at Huntingdon. She was a fourth winner in eight runners for the in-form team.
That win came shortly before a seemingly significant move for Rock On Ruby with Ladbrokes, who cut the 2012 Champion Hurdle winner to 10-1 (from 16) for the March 11 contest.
"It is intriguing to see this kind of money at this time of year - 10-1 from 16 might give a suggestion that it is something more than tuck-shop money," said Ladbrokes' spokesman David Williams. "Looking at the profile of the horse it is not a dark one. The horse is pretty well known but there is a groundswell of support that we respect."
Rock On Ruby has an entry at Plumpton on Sunday but Fry is set to wait for the better ground at Doncaster on Wednesday to give the nine-year-old his second start over fences.
He figures among 11 entries made for the Check Out The All New Freebets.co.uk Novices' Chase over 2m3f where he could face the likes of The Romford Pele and the Willie Mullins-trained Passage Vendome.
"Though I did enter him for a novice chase at Plumpton on Sunday it makes sense to wait for the better ground at Doncaster," said Fry. "At the moment it is one step at a time for Ruby.
"Further ahead the plan is for him to return to Doncaster towards the end of the month for a Grade 2 novice chase.
"If all goes well there then we can start to think about running him in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, where he has such a fine record," the trainer told his website.
The going was described as soft at Doncaster on Thursday, with weather conditions a lot better than in the south.