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Fry weighs up Ruby options

Rock On Ruby is likely to have his second start over fences early in the New Year at either Plumpton or Doncaster.

The 2012 Champion Hurdle hero got off the mark in a novice chase at Plumpton on Monday and trainer Harry Fry is keen to get as much experience into him as he can in the hope he can develop into a serious contender for the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

"I liked the way he went about things at Plumpton, where apart from one minor mistake his jumping was fine," said the Seaborough trainer.

"I'm not in a rush to move him up the ladder and we could go back there on January 5 if the ground allows.

"There is an alternative race, maybe more suitably, three days after that up at Doncaster as a stepping stone to hopefully the Lightning Chase there at the end of January.

"It's very early days and there's a long way to go before he's going to be challenging for top honours in those novice chases come hopefully March and April.

"He's eight, turning nine, so we've got to get experience into him the best we can. We've got to make the most of him being a novice this year as life will be harder for him next year."