Drumcliff beats off Ascot rivals for Harry Fry


Drumcliff made it two from two over fences with a decisive victory in the Thames Material Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase at Ascot.

The Harry Fry-trained seven-year-old backed up his last-time-out success at Wincanton after carrying rider Aine O'Connor to the front in the two-mile-three-furlong event with considerable ease before clearing right away to cross the line 12 lengths ahead of runner-up Russborough.

Fry said of the 11-4 winner: "He is making up for all the mishaps over hurdles. I've never known a rider so apologetic after winning a race - the winning margin might have had something to do with it. She gave him a lovely ride and he has taken her there."

The handler added:"The trip was perfect today. The ground was possibly a question mark, but you can't fault him today.

"It was a case of the others disappointing rather than us improving as far as the handicapper is concerned."