Caroline aims for National Hunt glory
A Wymondham-based trainer who enjoyed remarkable success during her East Anglian point-to-point debut season is hoping to make her mark on the National Hunt scene next year.
Caroline Fryer, who aims to become Norfolk's sole jumps-dedicated professional trainer, said: 'It's potentially very exciting – the sky's the limit.'
Although Caroline will be looking to build on last season's success when the next amateur point-to-point season begins next month, she will also have one eye on her exciting future plans.
Last season her six horses produced 10 victories. This season there will be 10 horses in stables converted from a former dairy at her well-equipped and expansive Browick Hall base.
'The pressure is on to equal or better last season. I go to races confident that my horses are fit, happy and well but you have to have that certain bit of luck as well.'
Caroline is putting the experience gained while she was assistant trainer to Paul Webber at Banbury and assistant to Neil King at Newmarket to good use.
And working for the Kimberley-based former national point-to-point champions Mike Bloom and his son Nigel has also played a part in her equine education.
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'I learned from all of them. I have picked up a lot of different ways of doing things. The advantage with a smaller yard is that you can treat each horse as an individual. They all have their quirks, you have to treat them all differently. Some of them can be quite challenging at times,' she said.
She has scarcely looked back since sending out her first point to point runner at Cottenham near Cambridge last season and was delighted when Ballygalley Bob won first time out in January at Horseheath, near Haverhill – the first of his four victories. Ide No Idea won three point to points and a Novice Hunter Chase at Folkestone – where he also broke the 23-year-old course record.
'He went out for his summer holiday and he has come in like a raging bull. He's ready to get on with it.'
While Ballygalley Bob, 10, will stay in point to point, the plan is for Ide No Idea to take in a few more Hunter Chases at courses such as Towcester and Warwick. 'Hopefully when I get my licence he will run for me under rules.' Working Title, a six-time winner for leading National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson, is a potentially exciting new recruit.
Caroline has been studying hard at the British Racing School at Newmarket and will next need to attend an interview at the Jockey Club. If all goes well she hopes to apply for her licence next spring with a view to sending out her first runners in the summer.
'I just thought it is the only way to go. It costs the same to have a horse in training for point to point as it does Under Rules. You have got more options Under Rules, as well as the chance to win something back.
'I am really excited about it because potentially the sky is the limit. I am quite ambitious and really want to make a good go of it. Even though I love my point to point, sometimes you have to take the next step.'
Caroline, 38, grew up on the family farm and spent three years at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, before becoming hooked on racing, and had a few rides in points to points.
She is hoping that by raising awareness of her plans she can attract some new owners for her great National Hunt adventure.
• Visit www.carolinefryerracing.co.uk To contact her: 07768056076