Mr Fisher took advantage of a drop in class to earn a deserved success in the Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase in Kempton.
Mister Fisher does four out of five at sophomore level on hurdles
Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old had it easier than on his last visit to the Sunbury track, when he was pulled over in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Already the winner of the double course, Mister Fisher made it three with a neat performance over the extended two and a half miles.
James Bowen was happy to sit in third place as Rogue Vif and Eldorado Allen set the pace with the only other rider, Defi Du Seuil, last of the four.
Taking a tighter order down the straight with three hurdles to jump, Mister Fisher (15-8 favorite) was soon ready to challenge Eldorado Allen after Rouge Vif weakened.
Mister Fisher led as the final close approached and had no trouble scoring by a length and three quarters, making it 12-1 from Betfair’s 20-1 for the Ryanair Chase, with Coral 16- 1.
“It was his race. It was made for him the day he was put in the program book – except for the pitch, because he was always a bit vulnerable on sticky pitch,” Henderson said.
“I think the ground is sticky, but with Falco (Blitz, winner earlier on the map) and him, we’ve come all the way Barney (Clifford, race director) told me to go about three days.
“He was really good, but he’s a very good horse. If you remember that last race at Sandown last year, when it looked like he had Frodo, and Frodo came back and beat him to the line – that’s where it’s at in life. He’s up there in the upper echelons.
“I think two and a half miles is probably his trip. I know he had a good race in the King George because it was his first race of the season and he did really well. You might say, was that endurance? Or was it just the fact that it was his first race? (which he emptied and was pulled up).
“I wouldn’t be in a rush to get back to three miles. He had a Gold Cup entry, but I think Ryanair is really more realistic than anything else.
“It was a race made for him. If Ryanair was on good ground, it will be competitive. Aintree would be next. If there was nothing in between, you would have it ready for a busy time. He could do a Cheltenham-Aintree double. He deserves a nice pot like this and now he has to fly in the top flight.
“We think he’s top class, he always has been. I love him, he’s a beautiful horse.
James Bowen talks to Nick Luck after winning the £80,000 prize
Bowen said: “I went to Mecca Bingo with Fergus Gregory when I stayed in Stockton-on-Tees on Thursday night between riding Catterick and Sedgefield but we didn’t win anything. I have a season ticket there so we’ll have to start over because he appeared to keep me alive.
“He is very simple and he jumped very well. He has traveled very well and loves being ridden like that, arriving as late as possible. He got up in front but he had done enough by then. He was a good horse for me.
“I’ve sat on him since that incident at a gallop but you don’t forget him when you sit on him because he always leaves a good impression. He is a magnificent horse and he has a good level of ability.
“I schooled him and then this fall happened. Luckily Sean (Bowen) was able to ride him and he looked after him that day in the King George. It made a huge difference today because if he had a tough race that day he wouldn’t have won, so I’m glad they put Sean on him.
Silver Shade enters the calculation of the Triumph Hurdle
Milton Harris had made no secret of his high regard for Silver shade ahead of his aerials debut and the four-year-old easily vindicated his coach’s faith at Kempton Park.
The former inmate trained by Mark Johnston saw off his five rivals with a bit to spare in the two-mile contest, the opening race on a map that had to survive three inspections due to heavy morning fog.
However, while his hurdles left him with something to work on – a mistake at the penultimate seemed to wake him up – his overall performance finally lifted any gloom and he can now head for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
After burning long-time leader Dirham Emirati, the 9-2 chance skipped the last clear and fended off Cuban Cigar’s late push to score by a comfortable length and three quarters.
Milton Harris has ambitions at Cheltenham with his shrewd, inexpensive buy
Harris said: “I have made no secret that I love her. He’s a bit different from Knight Salute in that he’s a different type – a tall, strong horse. He always did everything right.
“His jump can be improved. The terrain for these young horses could be quite tiring. I know the Moores loved their horse (Emirati Dirham), but I was quite surprised to see Richard Hannon’s (Cuban Cigar) being so close, but he was OK on the flat. It’s a beautiful horse. »
He added: “He came here last week for a gallop and he jumped home well, although a bit too cautiously.
“He’s a beautiful horse, with a lot of size and stature. He might go to Cheltenham for the Triumph Hurdle trial on the 29th, but we’re running out of time. I wanted to scare him away a while ago and he just didn’t come in time.
“Knight Salute will probably come to Kempton for the Adonis. We might just be in a year where we have the best horses but not the best year.
“That horse was £18,000 and Knight Salute was £14,000.
“You have to dream. He could be a Triumph Hurdle horse. I would be more aggressive with him now. He can run, but his jumps are a bit cautious. He jumped 60 to 80 hurdles at home, but it will sharpen him.
Harry Fry avoids Cheltenham with Ree Okka
Ree Okka meanders to success under Sean Bowen for The Jago Family Partnership
Harry Fry has ruled out sending Ree Okka to the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival following his impressive Watch Racing Free Online success at the Coral Novices’ Hurdle.
The six-year-old secured a pleasing second place at Aintree with a victory at Chepstow last time out and improved further to score from six lengths.
Despite the decisive margin, it was far from clear from the 8-13 favorite – he jumped just above the bottom two – and Fry is keen to keep him clear of the rigors of Cheltenham at this stage. of her career.
Fry said: “We are delighted with the performance. I like everything about him, his attitude. He is a judge. He showed a can-do attitude at Chepstow on the final day and today he showed how blunt he is.
“He was up there all the way to Chepstow. Today they had a good canter and Sean (Bowen) had one or two horses behind him most of the time, then when he wanted him to race he came on the bridle.
“He’s just a beautiful young horse who we hope will grow into a hunter and we’re going to have some fun in the novice hurdles again this season.
“We were looking forward to seeing him go three miles today and see where the rest of our season goes.”
Harry Fry explains to Nick Luck why he doesn’t like an Albert Bartlett tilt with Ree Okka
He added: “We don’t want to go the Albert Bartlett route. We could go to Haydock in February and then to Aintree (Sefton Novices’ Hurdle).
“The Albert Bartlett is a tough, exhausting race – I know that from experience – and I just don’t think he’s the horse for it at this stage.
“When he finished second at Aintree in his first race for us I immediately thought the three mile novice obstacle there in April would be perfect for him and hopefully we’ll finish .
“Today was the first stepping stone to see him over three miles and it was great to see him do it the way he did.”
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