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Dan Skelton discusses his runners at Kempton and Wetherby

| 26.12.2020

It’s day two of the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival and we will have runners at both Kempton and Wetherby.

At Kempton we start with Ambassador (12.45) who was a good second at Warwick the other day. He’s improved a bit at home and has to come on for the run with his jumping.

There is a mare of Alan King’s in here, Her Indoors, with a bit of fancier form but I am very happy with our horse.

We have Molly Ollys Wishes (13.55) in the mares hurdle. I think this is a perfect race for her over 3m with a bit of rain expected overnight.

Nube Negra (14.30) takes on Altior and co in the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase so this is a massive step up for him. I am very happy with him at home. He’s had a few away days and I’ve done as much work as I possibly can with him. The track will suit him.

We’ve been waiting for this race, not expecting Altior to be in it. So it’s a hot race but we are very happy with our horse.

Cadzand and Crooks Peak (15.40) contest the last. Harry rides Cadzand who won last time. I think the track will suit him and I would have to give him a fair chance. He’s a nice, progressive horse.

Crooks Peak ran okay the other day but got a little tired at Cheltenham on his first run for us. I think this track might suit him a little more.

At Wetherby Bridget rides Gylo (12.25) in the novice hurdle. He ran okay last time. I think he’ll improve for it. Whether Wetherby is the perfect track for him we will see, but he’s a tough horse who jumps nicely and I think he stays well. Hopefully he will have a little chance.

Marracudja (14.10) won the Castleford last year. There are not so many runners this year but it’s a pretty hot renewal with horses in there that have been winning a lot recently.

He is back down to a more realistic mark and I would have to give him an each way chance for sure. He is looking like he is coming back to the boil and the handicap mark offers him a possibility he could win.

Breakwater Boy (15.20) runs in the bumper. He didn’t show a great deal in the bumper at Newbury, which was a bit irritating because, without setting the world alight at home, we thought he was a bit better than he showed.

Perhaps on the real good ground, riding him the way we did, he couldn’t show his best. On a bit softer ground, with a bit more emphasis on stamina, we can ride him a bit handier. I think we will see more from him. 

He is definitely a jumper for the future, a nice big 16.3hh chasing type. Whilst we hope he will run a lot better, we don’t really consider him to be a bumper specialist.