Fry not ruling out Gold run

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Last Updated: 02/03/18 3:30pm

Trainer Harry Fry at Exeter Racecourse

Trainer Harry Fry at Exeter Racecourse

Harry Fry is hoping Kelso's Premier Chase meeting is rearranged for American but if not there is still the option of supplementing him for the Timico Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The talented but fragile chaser bounced back to his best to finish second to Definitly Red in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January.

While he must have soft ground, all the current snow and forecast rain is giving Fry hope that he may just get his conditions at Prestbury Park.

"It was a shame that we couldn't run American at Kelso this weekend and we're hoping that gets rearranged," Fry told bis Betway blog.

"If not, there's an outside chance that he will be supplemented for the Gold Cup on the Saturday before if we could be sure that conditions would come up soft.

"The chances of getting soft ground on the Friday are probably pretty slim, but you've got all the snow to melt in and then the forecast looks unsettled so you never know.

"He's in the Ultima Handicap Chase on the Tuesday and also has an entry in the Midlands National, although it's unlikely we'd run him off top-weight on really bad ground, so we've got a few options."

The horse who beat American at Cheltenham, Definitly Red, is to be sent on the short journey by Brian Ellison to his neighbour Richard Fahey's stables for a workout on Saturday morning.

Ellison reports his stable star to be in rude health and just feels the three-and-a-half-mile trip across Malton will benefit the nine-year-old with the big race just a fortnight away.

"He's flying, he's in great form. Obviously we've got two weeks to go," said Ellison.

"We're taking him to Richard Fahey's gallop in the morning for a bit of work, just to break it up a bit because he's fit, he's well and everything.

"After that, we'll just keep him ticking over. You just wish it was now really.

"He'll run well and whether he wins or not, he'll still run a big race."

Definitly Red is generally available at around 16-1 for the blue riband.