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Harry Fry believes Aintree's Read Noel Fehily At 188bet Hurdle is an 'ideal starting point' as Stayers' Hurdle hero Unowhatimeanharry makes his seasonal return.
The Cheltenham Festival winner enjoyed four wins from five outings last season, with his sole defeat coming in his defence in Thursday's Grade One event.
He bounced back in tremendous style to claim Punchestown's Champion Stayers ahead of Nicholas Canyon by a head, and remains one of the most exciting hurdlers in training.
"We all can’t wait to see Unowhatimeanharry back on the course," Fry told his Betway blog.
"Newbury’s Long Distance Hurdle next month was always the plan for his reappearance, but he’s that well in himself that we weren’t sure we could contain him for three weeks.
"We were toying with the idea of an away day at Wincanton with American and Minella Awards, but we spotted this race and it looks the ideal starting place for him. After this he will follow a very similar programme to last season.
"There are only two other runners and he has to give weight away to his rivals, while he’s also dropping back in trip. He should still have a very good chance, though."
He takes on just two rivals this afternoon. Top Notch represents champion trainer Nicky Henderson.
The six-year-old was a Grade One winning novice chaser last season, who lost out on the JLT by just a length. He reverts back to hurdles over his optimum 2m4f trip.
Dan Skelton' Value At Risk completes the trio of runners in Lancashire.