Unowhatimeanharry's season-opening win in the Read Noel Fehily At 188Bet Hurdle at Aintree left trainer Harry Fry delighted.
The JP McManus-owned nine-year-old, who was one of only three runners in the two-and-a-half-mile conditions event, was looking to make it 10 wins from 11 starts since joining up with Fry.
And, despite last season's leading novice chaser Top Notch setting the pace, jockey Barry Geraghty gradually increased the speed to take Unowhatimeanharry into the lead and he stayed ahead to finish a length-and-a-half clear of Value At Risk who moved into second.
And when asked about the win, Fry, who was at Wincanton on Saturday, told ITV Racing: "It was a bonus really in terms of he was well at home and the race fitted in well, so we thought why not run?
"It's good he's gone up there and got his head in front. It's a great start to the season."
Geraghty added on Racing UK: "That was good. It was a nice race to pick for him.
"Two-and-a-half on his first run (of the season) was sharp enough, but it was good for him.
"He didn't have a gruelling race. We picked up well in the straight and it rode like a smart race.
"The intention was to go straight to Newbury (Long Distance Hurdle, December 1), but he just came to himself.
"He was keen enough and he'd have been sitting on his hands for the next few weeks, so why not come here as a nice little prep?"
Article Posted on Sunday 12th November 2017 @ 08.58
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