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16-November-2015 0:00
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by Admin

The stylish victory of Unowhatimeanharry at Cheltenham on Sunday came as a timely pick me up for the stable after Mick Jazz performed way below expectations in the Greatwood Hurdle.

Mick Jazz was struggling at the rear before he was pulled up by Sam Twiston-Davies. Initial diagnoses from the vets point to the likelihood that he is suffering from a fibrillating heart.

So we are sending Mick Jazz straight to Newmarket where his condition will be monitored over the next few days. Hopefully the vets there can sort out his problems because on what he has shown us over the past nine months he is a horse with a big future.

More immediately I am thinking of turning out Unowhatimeanharry quickly, possibly at Newbury where we will give him a couple of entries. He escapes a penalty for Sunday's success as it was a race for conditional jockeys.

He won really well under a cool ride from Liam McKenna who joined me three months ago at the suggestion of Dave Roberts, the agent for so many jockeys.

Liam has had around 200 rides in Ireland and his experience showed on his first visit to Cheltenham as he waited patiently just off the pace before launching his mount on a decisive run going to the final flight.

This was the first appearance of Unowhatimeanharry in the colours of the Harry Fry Racing Club who are having a fine old time of it at the moment.

We bought him privately in the summer, gave him an operation to help his breathing and were hopeful he would get off the mark at Cheltenham as he had some solid form in handicaps over the past couple of seasons for Helen Nelmes.

I'd like to think he can go on from here and give the forty members of the racing club a lot of fun over the winter.

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