2012 Champion Hurdle hero, Rock On Ruby, looks set to embark on a career over the bigger obstacles having been entered for a novice chase at Plumpton on Monday. The Harry Fry trained eight year-old has enjoyed a stellar career over the hurdles but connections have now decided that the time is right to send him chasing. That decision comes after the horse was slammed on his seasonal debut by The New One back in October at Kempton over hurdles, which lead to him being entered at Plumpton.
Reports from the yard in Seaborough suggest that Rock On Ruby has been schooling well over the fences at home and there will be high hopes for the horse this season. His career over hurdles has been sensational with that Champion Hurdle success in 2012, followed up with a second place in the same race last season. That run initially seemed to indicate that another tilt at the Champion Hurdle was on the cards in 2014, but it now appears more likely that the Arkle Chase will be his main target.
The Plumpton race will be over 2m1f on Monday with Rock On Ruby likely to start a well backed favourite in a decent field. A good run there will cement his path to Cheltenham with the horse possessing a good record at Prestbury Park. The bookmakers were quick to react to the news about Rock On Ruby with the eight-year-old a general 16/1 shot for the Arkle at this early stage of his chasing career.
In other news, Harry Fry has announced that the classy Karinga Dancer will also be making his chasing debut this weekend at Sandown. The seven-year-old won four hurdle races in-a-row prior to flopping in the Elite Hurdle last time out, but has always been ear-marked for a chasing career. Karinga Dancer is likely to want slightly further than Rock On Ruby in time, but either way it looks as though the Harry Fry could be a major player in the novice chase division this season.