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Dan Skelton fancies Cobra De Mai’s chances at Cheltenham

| 14.12.2018

We have three meetings to look forward to tomorrow but let’s start with Cheltenham.

Protektorat runs for us in the first, the Juvenile Hurdle at 12.10. He was second on his only start in France and looks a real chaser for the future.

I am keeping him for the good races this year as we like what we have seen at home. We will see where we stand amongst the UK three-year-olds after this race.

Yorkist is next in the 1.20. He won at Aintree on his first run for a long time. We have been really happy with him since and there’s no negatives from what I have seen at home. The race has cut up, so he has got to be a player here.

In the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at 1.55, we run Cobra De Mai who ran well enough the other day under Willie Marshall, Harry Skelton won on him the time before.

The track will suit him and he has run well here before over two miles. He definitely wants this trip. I think he will run well and at his price, looks a nice each-way chance.

We’ve got Supremely Lucky in a deep Novice Hurdle here at 2.30 but he won really well at Southwell last time and will love three miles.

There are a couple in here that are highly rated so we have a little bit to find on numbers but another one who should run real well.

Ratoute Yutty runs in the last at 3.40, stepping up in trip from Ascot. I think she probably wants it a bit softer than this.

Doncaster is next, where we start with Value At Risk in the 1.00. He won at the meeting last year over hurdles. This race has cut up and with only four in this; I would have to give him a chance.

Solomon Grey runs in a Handicap Hurdle at 2.10. He is having his first run of the season. He loves a bit of decent ground; hopefully it’s not too fast. He is fit, well, and ready to go.

We have one runner at Hereford in the bumper at 3.30, Foxy Singer. She’s bit green and backward but has shown ability. Like our bumper horses, I think she will improve.




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.