Ruby could have wind op
Harry Fry believes stable star Rock On Ruby could be in need of a wind operation following his disappointing performance at Kempton on Sunday.
Winner of the Champion Hurdle in 2012 and runner-up to Hurricane Fly at Cheltenham last season, the eight-year-old was readily swept aside by The New One as both horses made their seasonal returns at the Sunbury track.
Rock On Ruby has had issues with his wind in previous years and his trainer believes those problems may have resurfaced.
Fry said: "Essentially he's fine, but we have got one or two niggly things to sort out, namely his wind, so all plans are on hold at the moment.
"He has had wind operations in the past and we're going to check it out again this week. It's possible he could have his palate cauterized.
"We were disappointed not to give The New One more of a race. He was very impressive on the day and we'll have to go back to the drawing board.
"It was a disappointing run and we can't blame it all on the wind issue. He will improve for the run. We'll investigate this weekend and make plans from there."