HARRY FRY became one of the youngest trainers in the country when he launched his career in October 2012 following five years as assistant to the multiple champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls.
Chiefly in charge of Nicholls’ satellite yard at Seaborough in Dorset for his mentor Richard Barber, he was widely and deservedly credited for preparing Rock On Ruby to win the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012. The horse was then transferred to Fry as he began his own training career seven months later.
Forward planning, attention to detail and a single minded determination to succeed saw him swiftly establish himself as one of the brightest young training talents in the industry. Bitofapuzzle provided a memorable first Grade 1 winner in 2015 and a conveyor belt of Graded and Listed race winners have followed. Notable victories by Opening Batsman, Highland Retreat and several others saw his prize money earnings pass the £1 million mark by the end of the 2014/15 season. Fry was wasting little time in making his name.
The ambitious young trainer then unearthed a gem in the shape of Unowhatimeanharry just as the retirement of Rock On Ruby beckoned. A bargain basement purchase for his own Racing Club he showed startling improvement over the season which culminated with him storming up the hill at the Cheltenham Festival to claim the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle in 2016. Over the course of a memorable campaign an impressive sequence of victories saw his official handicap mark grow from 123 to 167.
Unowhatimeanharry was swiftly snapped up by leading owner JP McManus who has enjoyed multiple Grade 1 success with the horse. As a winner of the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and twice victorious in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, he continues to be a team favourite at the grand age of twelve.
Unowhatimeanharry wasn’t the only highly talented hurdler blessed with stamina under Fry’s watchful eye as If The Cap Fits delivered a dramatic late winning charge in the Stayers Hurdle at Aintree, providing stable jockey Sean Bowen with his first Grade 1 at the culmination of the 2018/19 season.
Increasing quality while maintaining a consistently high strike-rate continues to be the vision for Fry, whose fruitful time with If The Cap Fits continued in the 2019/20 season when he won the Coral Hurdle at Ascot. Hell’s Kitchen and Just A Sting also provided notable high-profile successes.
As the dawn of a new season approaches Harry and Ciara Fry are excitedly looking forward to a fresh challenge following their move completed in June 2020 from Seaborough to Higher Crockermoor in West Dorset.
The purpose-built complex includes three barns containing over 80 boxes, ultra-modern facilities, an impressive uphill all weather gallop and a squad of multi-talented young horses including Metier, Boothill and King Roland.