If The Cap Fits peaks at Kempton for Harry Fry

Tue 26 Dec 2017

If The Cap Fits took his unbeaten record to three with a clear-cut victory in the 32Red Casino Novices' Hurdle at Kempton.

Harry Fry's five-year-old, owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, was tackling stronger company than he had done at Exeter and Bangor but did so in promising fashion - despite showing inevitable signs of greenness and inexperience.

Ar Mest set a solid pace but was headed by If The Cap Fits after jumping the third-last flight, where Storm Home came down.

The 6-4 favourite was slightly untidy at the second-last but was in command and went on to score by five lengths under Noel Fehily.

Diese Des Bieffes was second, with Solomon Grey another four and a half lengths away in third.

Jason Maguire, racing manager for the winning owners, said: "I was delighted and he's improving all year. On ratings, he was entitled to go and do it.

32Red Winter Festival - Kempton Park A decision has yet to be made as to which Festival target connections have in mind for If The Cap Fits (PA)

"Noel said that whatever you ask of him he gives it to you. Hopefully it will continue all the way to March (Cheltenham).

"Noel said to mind him but we'll leave it up to Harry where he goes next.

"He naturally seems to be a good jumper, though you could argue a bit more experience would do him no harm.

"We're just slightly surprised at the speed he has shown on his last two runs."

If The Cap Fits was cut to around the 10-1 mark about winning the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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