WEST Dorset manager Harry Fry will open his bid for Cheltenham Festival glory this afternoon.
Fry, based at Higher Crockermoor Farm, had to wait until the third day of the meeting to release his charges.
If The Cap Fits start Fry’s campaign in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at 2:10 p.m., at the cost of a 25/1 shot.
Undefeated Love Envoi (12/1) and Lady Adare (18/1) will next face off in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at 4:50 p.m.
Jockey Noel Fehily is particularly optimistic about Love Envoi’s hopes of victory, especially with the heavy rain that fell yesterday.
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The six-year-old has won all four of her starts over hurdles since being bought for £38,000 from the stables of Sean Doyle in Ireland at Tattersalls March sales in 2021.
Fehily told PA: “Love Envoi is in great shape. Hopefully we’ll get some more rain which would help. We can’t wait to run it.
“She keeps surprising us. When they are on the rise, you never know where they will stop improving.
“As long as the floor stays on the slow side, that’s where we want to go with her.
“If it got too dry, she wouldn’t run. By the minute, that’s where we want to go.
Tomorrow, Fry has one more contender on Gold Cup day in the form of Boothill, currently rated at 25/1 for the McCoy Contractors County Hurdle (2:10 p.m.).