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Dan Skelton previews his Kempton, Chepstow and Fontwell runners

| 23.02.2018

I start off with Earlshill in the 1.15 at Kempton. He ran really badly last time but there are a couple of bits of form where he ran nicely last year.

The ground will be better and the trip is fine.

We are on a mission to find out where we are at with him. If we can get back to the run he had at Uttoxeter or Warwick last year then we will be in with some kind of shout.

Petrou in the 1.50 had a very productive year last year on better ground. The ground will be fine here and in a four-runner field, we thought we would enter him into the mix.

If there was a field of eight say, I wouldn’t have run him. This seems like a sensible starting point and hopefully he will run well.

Destrier (3pm) is two from two over hurdles and everything seems to be going in the right direction.

There are a couple of really highly-rated flat horses in here trying hurdling for the first time and Mont Des Avaloirs but we like this horse a lot and he should go close.

At Chepstow, I start off with Applesandpierres in the 3.05. He ran really well last time. He doesn’t like to be put under pressure.

He likes to sneak round and then turn up with a big chance going into the last and Chepstow is a good place to be doing that.

Savello (4.15) is coming down to a nice mark but his legs aren’t getting any younger.

If he puts his best foot forward, he’d be winning this off that mark but I just feel that we need to see where we are first before I can predict too much.

Supremely Lucky is not without a chance in the bumper (5.20). He stays well and this is a good track for stayers.

His point-to-point run was nice without being amazing. He has experience and that will count.

Sunday – Fontwell

On Sunday, Value At Risk runs in the 3.20 at Fontwell. These are the types of races he runs best in so we thought we would chip him in and have a go.

On his day he has loads of ability. It looks a strong renewal and Lil Rockerfeller is going to be hard to crack. We aren’t coming here thinking he will win but hopefully we’ll get a few quid.

Gi Jayne (4.55) didn’t run too badly at Towcester last time given how horrific the ground was.

She showed us a bit of life there. The better the ground gets the better chance she will have.

Gently George runs in the 3pm at Southwell but he has been off a long time. He’s a horse that we ran in France.

He came second to quite a good horse, Danseur Jaguen, who has gone on to be a 140 plus rated chaser. The form is there, and we like him.

He has just taken a lot of work but I wouldn’t be surprised if he improves.

There is a couple in there with recent form so it’s not going to be an easy race. I hope he runs well and we can build him back up.

Sam Red (3.35) looked like he gave up the other day in bad ground over fences which frustrated me so I have put the blinkers on and we are back over hurdles.

If he can put his best foot forward, he has the form and the handicap mark to win.

That’sthescoop (5.05) showed nothing in his first bumper but worked nicely at home.

He has to go and show a bit of form really and after a wind op hopefully he can.




Dan Skelton

Since starting out on his own, Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton has assembled one of the most exciting stables in National Hunt racing. Having enjoyed their first Cheltenham Festival success with Superb Story in 2016, Skelton and the team are hungry for more. Get the latest from the Lodge Hill maestro exclusively at Ladbrokes News.