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2014 Arkle Trophy tips - Rock On Ruby camp buoyed by warm Cheltenham weather

While many punters will be focusing on Ruby Walsh on the opening day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, trainer Harry Fry is hoping it is Rock On Ruby who makes it a Ruby Tuesday by winning the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy.

The former Champion Hurdle hero will go into the race with just two low-key victories over fences at Plumpton and Doncaster under his belt but Fry is confident his Cheltenham experience will more than make up for that.

Connections struggled to find suitable openings for the nine-year-old in the run-up to the Festival due to testing conditions around the country but have been buoyed by the recent dry weather.

"We couldn't have wished for a better run-up on the weather front to Rock On Ruby going in the Arkle on Tuesday," beamed Fry. "It's been fantastic with all this warm weather. Drying ground is a huge positive for him and we're really excited about his chances.

"He schooled great on Friday. Noel (Fehily) came in to school all the Cheltenham runners and he looks fantastic thanks to Ciara's (O'Connor) hard work. His summer coat's come through and he's in as good as form as we've known him for a long time. We're very positive about his chances.

"It's going to be a big step-up into top-level novice company over fences. He's progressed nicely in his two runs to date and obviously they haven't been overly competitive. But he could only beat what's been put in front of him and he's done that well.

"We know he's got a fantastic Cheltenham Festival record and he thrives at this time of year and it's been exactly the same this time around. So it's all systems go and fingers crossed it stays that way."

As well as landing the 2012 Champion Hurdle, Rock On Ruby was second to Hurricane Fly in that contest last term, while he was also runner-up behind First Lieutenant in the 2011 Neptune, chased home Bobs Worth in a trial for that event and won a bumper at Prestbury Park in November 2010.



Fry accepts Champagne Fever is a tough foe as the Irish raider bids for a hat-trick of Festival victories following Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle successes, but Willie Mullins' charge has not been out since making a bad blunder and only finishing third at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.

"The favourite Champagne Fever is another horse with a fantastic Festival record," added Fry on his blog for Stan James. "However. people are crabbing us for lack of experience only having had two runs and beating two horses basically, but Champagne Fever's only had two runs and on his last start he made a Horlicks of one and got beat.

"I'd far rather be coming into the race on the back of two good wins on an upward curve but I think he and Trifolium are the ones to beat. Champagne Fever will hopefully set a good gallop in front and that will suit us down to the ground. It's going to be a fascinating race as always."


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2014 Arkle Trophy tips - Rock On Ruby camp buoyed by warm Cheltenham weather

While many punters will be focusing on Ruby Walsh on the opening day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, trainer Harry Fry is hoping it is Rock On Ruby who makes it a Ruby Tuesday by winning the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy.

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