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Dan Skelton’s runners go at Newbury, Doncaster and Huntington

| 01.03.2019

We start at Newbury tomorrow where we have six runners. Betameche (1.30) is still a novice which probably isn’t what this race is looking for but he’s qualified anyway.

He won a maiden last time at Uttoxeter. This step up in trip is ideal for him. Obviously he has to take on handicappers for the first time so it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on. The track will be good for him.

We have two in the big race, the Greatwood Gold Cup (2.40). Harry Skelton rides Azzuri.

He’s stepping up in trip here. I don’t think he’s that well handicapped. He got away with a very easy win in Ireland over two miles and the handicapper has given him plenty.

Value At Risk will be ridden by William Marshall, who won on him at Market Rasen. He takes another 10lbs off which he did the day he won.

He deserves his place in these types of races off a lower end weight. He normally comes alive in the spring so hopefully it’ll be a fruitful time for him. I’d give him an each-way chance.

I run two in the two mile hurdle (3.10). Falcon Sun has done really well since we put some blinkers on him and he’s won his last two at Leicester.

It’s much more competitive today; we’ve chucked him in at the deep end to see how we look and what we’ve got to plan for next year, Whether we going chasing straightaway or what.

It’s a much deeper race but he does come here in good form. Late Night Lily has a comeback run after a long time off.

The track is ideal for her but I think she will sharpen up for it. I want to see her go and jump well and stay on at the end so we have something to build on.

Antunes (3.45) has got plenty of weight but I’d prefer to run him in a race like this where he’s at the top end of the handicap.

He’s a great big horse, so carrying weight is no issue and the track will really suit him. The handicapper gave him a hiding for winning a race that was desperate at Uttoxeter but hopefully we’ve got a bit of a chance.

Up at Doncaster we have one runner in the bumper, a mare called Eyren (5.15). She has done plenty of work and been to the grass gallop.

It’s not the most competitive bumper in the world on paper but I’d like to think she’ll run well.

Young Tristan rides her, he works in the yard and is a good lad who’s had winners pointing and I’d like to think with a bit of weight off she’ll run well.

On Sunday we have a couple of runners at Huntingdon. We’ve got Ferrobin (2pm) who’ll most likely be favourite.

He has good course form and hopefully will step up from last time. He’s had a wind op.

Stylish Dancer (3.35) didn’t run that well the other day but hopefully the handicapper is giving her a chance here and she should be competitive.




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.