Rock On Ruby finds rhythm over fences
Monday 16 December 2013
The 2012 Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby made a winning debut over fences at Plumpton yesterday.
Harry Fry's stable star, who picked up the two-mile blue riband in 2012 and finished a fine second in defence of his crown in March to Hurricane Fly, faced just two rivals and his task was made even easier when one of those departed at the third fence.
Noel Fehily looked confident, just intent on getting on Rock On Ruby from one side of his obstacles to the other without asking too many questions, and while a mistake four from home sent the birch flying he never looked like coming to grief.
The eight-year-old was safe over the last few fences and pulled away to win by four lengths from Lindsay's Dream, who was rated some 69lb inferior over hurdles.
As the first champion hurdler to go chasing for some time, Fry admitted to feeling the pressure.
"My immediate reaction is relief," said Fry as the 1-10 chance returned to the winner's enclosure.
"We've got away with it on the ground today. We know he's better on better ground."
Latest in Sport
Diego Costa injury: Chelsea striker a doubt for Everton match due to muscle injury
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners 'use Champions League draw to discuss move' for PSG teenager Adrien Rabiot
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger says he will be 'actively involved' on deadline day... but may not buy a striker despite Giroud injury
England manager Roy Hodgson lectures Luke Shaw over fitness issues
Champions League draw: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City learn group stage fate
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
£50000 - £80000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Data Sci...
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...
£17000 - £20000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...
£450 - £500 per day: Orgtel: SAS Business Analyst, London, Banking, Credit Ris...