Dan Skelton excited by Protektorat prospects in Gold Cup Handicap Chase
Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton has eight runners at Cheltenham’s November meeting on Saturday. Read all about their prospects in his latest blog.
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Cheltenham 12.30 – Rocky Man
He was second to Majestrato last time and has a fair distance to make up. I’m not going there presuming he will just do that but I feel he will go well. I have a lot of respect for Majestrato though because the form tells us he will be hard to beat.
Chetenham 1.40 – Third Time Lucki
He was great last time out and I am really looking forward to him going back over the same trip and track. There’s a couple of recent graded performers in there against us but our horse is fresh, well, and ready.
Cheltenham 2.15 – Protektorat
He is the ante-post favourite and I am very excited about running him. He won a Grade 1 last year and sometimes a Grade 1 horse in a handicap looks quite tempting. I have had no problems with him at home. We are very happy with the build- up to this.
Cheltenham 2.15 – Spiritofthegames
He had a run around hurdles last week and ran well over three miles. He runs well in these races all the time so you have to let him have a go. He regularly picks up prize money in these races. Bridget Andrews rides him and he wouldn’t be without an each-way chance.
Cheltenham 2.50 – Shannon Bridge
I feel like he will need slower ground than this but we are happy to run him because he always takes a few runs at the start of the season these days.
Cheltenham 2.50 – Proscehma
He obviously has a really good piece of form from a graded race at Wetherby. On paper this looks like the perfect race for him and I feel like he is over the race from two weeks ago but time will tell.
Cheltenham 3.25 – Unexpected Party
He looked a revelation when stepping up in trip last time. This is a totally different depth of race; it is highly competitive. However I do think he will go well. The trip is the key.
Cheltenham 3.55 – Signal Point
We won this race last year with Elle Est Belle. Signal Point is a nice mare. She’s a five-year-old so she’s got that little bit of strength against some of the four-year-olds in the race. She travelled well around the track last year and her form is pretty good. She will go jumping at some point.
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