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Dan Skelton: Soft ground should suit Alnadam in Handicap Chase

| 30.12.2021

Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton will start 2022 with three runners at Cheltenham and he gave us the lowdown on their prospects on New Year’s Day. 

Cheltenham 12.15 – Get A Tonic

We have three runners on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham, starting with Get a Tonic in a Listed Novices’ Hurdle. She gets seven pounds here for being a mare and I would have to give her a fair chance. She has won her last two races and looks progressive.

Get a Tonic

The track will be no issue and I am really looking forward to getting her out there at this level.

Cheltenham 2.00 – Alnadam

We run Alnadam in the big handicap chase and we have been waiting for soft ground which is what we’re going to get here. I had the December Gold Cup in mind initially, but it wasn’t soft enough.

He is in great form. He had a nice run at Haydock when the ground was too quick for him in a very hot race. This is a handicap and he is in good form.

Cheltenham 2.35 – Spiritofthegames

We then have Spiritofthegames in a handicap hurdle over three miles. He is good around the track and I have got to keep running him here basically.

He just outruns himself at Cheltenham. He has run well at Chepstow before I suppose but his best form is here by some distance. We bring him here as much as we can.

He’s in good form and I don’t think hurdles or fences makes too much difference to him these days. Hopefully we have at least an each way chance with him.

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