Trainer Harry Fry was delighted with the way If The Cap Fits dug deep to land Saturday’s Coral Ascot Hurdle. The 4/5 favourite pulled off a one-and-a-half-length victory although that does not tell the story of the race.
Not his usual dominant self, the six-year-old seemed in trouble as Rayvin Black made the early running and eventually finished third.
Old Guard and We Have A Dream were both in contention at the last, but If The Cap Fits responded when Noel Fehily asked for more, with Old Guard (7/2) running an excellent race to end up second.
Fry said: “We’ve seen a different side to him today. Noel said there was parts of the race he wasn’t travelling. He usually tanks through his races really well and today he has just raced a bit behind the bridle.
“He only ran two weeks ago and from turning in he has had to dig deep and he has toughed it out. That is a new side to him. It is a good prize and I’m delighted to land it.”