Dan Skelton talks us through his runners at Sandown on Saturday
It’s the last day of the 2018-19 season, bringing the curtain down on a campaign I could not be more delighted with.
The horses maintained their form all year. The owners have been great. The jockeys have ridden brilliantly. The staff have been excellent and kept producing the horses for us.
Everyone has played their part and to be able to reach the magic 200 winners mark is proof of that.
We had our first Grade 1 winner, winners at Cheltenham, winners at Aintree. It’s been brilliant.
Now we finish the season at Sandown where we have two runners in the first race, the novices’ hurdle final and it is impossible to split them.
The race will suit them, the track should be fine, no rain is fine but some rain is also fine. I am happy with the way both sit.
We have Cobra De Mai (2.25) in the 2m6f chase. He was a revelation last time over a bit further. It’s a massive step up in grade here so we will have to see how he fares but it’s the last day of the season so why not have a pop.
He doesn’t mind running quickly after his last start and he didn’t exactly have a hard race at Cheltenham.
We have declared two in the Bet365 Gold Cup but Get On The Yager (3.35) is first reserve and I don’t think he will get in.
I am a bit nervous about the ground for Captain Chaos (3.35) and would like to see some rain, to be honest. I will be talking to his owner Mike Newbould about what we do.
He’s had a very productive year without winning. He has been second in two Grade 3 races, ran very well in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham. You can’t knock what he has done and next year there will be more to come.
I am hoping Bandsman (4.40) will have some sort of each way chance. We have tightened his palate up since his last run. The trip should be fine.
Wynford (5.15) has plenty of ability but is a bit of a cheeky customer. I think the way this race will be run and the track will really suit him. I didn’t expect him to run as well as he did last time. He seems in good form at home.
He is very difficult to predict on the track and will need an extraordinarily good ride to arrive late on the scene.