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Dan Skelton looks ahead to a big weekend at Market Rasen

| 20.07.2018

Fair Mountain and Mister Universum will both run in the Summer Handicap Hurdle.

Harry Skelton will ride Fair Mountain and Bridget Andrews will be on board Mister Universum. There is five pounds in weight between them but we would have them very tightly matched.

Mister Universum is in very good form, while Fair Mountain has won his last two. Harry has chosen Fair Mountain because he’s a novice coming forward.

That’s exactly what Red Tornado was before he won this two years ago. It was a hard decision to make as they’re both in great form. Hopefully one of them can emulate Red Tornado.

Intifadah will run in the 2.40. He ran the other day over two-and-a-half but didn’t stay.

It was a bad race that day and I just think we should give him another try at two miles with blinkers on but it’s in hope rather than expectation.

Too Many Diamonds will run in the Summer Plate Handicap Chase. He’s got ten stone which gives him a chance in my opinion.

He won a hurdle race around the track and that was his fourth win in eight days which was amazing. He has been great over fences this year and has won under a penalty.

This is obviously a big step up in grade but he has shown his toughness and soundness so now he’s got to show that he can compete at a higher level. He is full of confidence and comes here in good form.

Other runners

High Secret will run in the 3.50. He likes two-and-a-half miles. I was amazed with his run at Worcester as I wasn’t expecting anything like that.

I think he will be competitive again based on that although I wouldn’t be calling him a favourite or anything like that though.

Winner Massagot will have his second run for us in the 4.25 at Market Rasen.

He showed ok in his last race but you wouldn’t say he looks well handicapped. He will probably run OK again but it looks like the handicapper has got to give a bit.

Atlantic Storm has got plenty of weight in the 5.00 but he is the best horse in the race on ratings.

He bumped into one at Uttoxeter the other day. He hasn’t got the greatest record right-handed and looks better on paper left-handed.

He has limited options over the next couple of months so you have to run him where the races are. He’s already won over fences and there’s no doubt he’s got some sort of a chance.




Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.