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Dan Skelton has high hopes for Third Time Lucki

| 11.02.2022

Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton has a combined nine runners at Warwick and Uttoxeter on Saturday, and three more at Exeter on Sunday.

The Warwickshire-based trainer gave us the lowdown in the prospects of all 12 horses running this weekend.


Camdonian – 1.00 Warwick

It’s only a four-runner race but it’s a good novice hurdle. He is fourth best on ratings, but he is a very nice horse. Even if he does finish fourth, if he isn’t beaten by far then we will consider it a good run as all these horses have the ability to perform past 130. We have given him plenty of time since his first run and I like him for the future.

Get A Tonic – 1.35 Warwick

Get A Tonic runs in the Mares’ Hurdle. This is a good but sect race and she is the lowest rated but I do like her a lot. She has won two races and there isn’t a handicap I fancy for her so I thought I would enter her here and see how we get on.

She was third in a listed race for novices’ last time but I do like her a lot and hopefully she can acquit herself well here.

Third Time Lucki – 2.05 Warwick

Third Time Lucki, Dan Skelton

Third Time Lucki runs in the Kingmaker. We only ran him two weeks ago but I am very happy with him. The good forecast means that I am happy to bring him here. It’s a harder race this time with Edwardstone and Brave Seasca in there but we’re not hiding.

Horizon D’Ainay – 2.40 Warwick

Horizon D’Ainay runs in a handicap hurdle. He has been placed twice in novices’ and we have to fancy him a little bit as he’s far from exposed.

Amoola Gold – 3.15 Warwick

Amoola Gold is stepping up to two and a half miles which is fantastic news because we have been waiting to do it for so long. He is in good form and although Ascot is his favourite track, he does run well at Warwick.

Colonel Manderson – 3.50 Warwick

Colonel Manderson won last time and this is quite a competitive handicap hurdle. It will be same conditions to his last race and I would have to give him a big chance.

Riskintheground – 4.25 Warwick

Riskintheground runs in the bumper. He was second on his debut and ran well in the bumper at Ascot. We have given him plenty of time. He should go well and on racecourse form he possibly sets the standard.

Kobra – 12.50 Uttoxeter

Kobra runs in a Mares’ Novice Hurdle. She hasn’t shown enough to be honest with you.

Emmas Joy – 1.58 Uttoxeter

Emmas Joy isn’t enjoying fences so we are back over hurdles with her. I don’t think the handicapper has given her too much rope but I am glad to have her back over hurdles and I am looking forward to seeing if this sparks her into form.


Exeter 2.00 – Midnight River

Midnight River, Dan Skelton

I am looking forward to running him. The track will be perfect for him and he is one of the higher rated horses in here. He has won a race so he has a penalty to give away. It was a bumpy start to the season with things not going to plan at Carlisle first time, but that’s behind him now. He is a horse that we always thought will go places especially as a chaser.

Exeter  3.00 – Lac De Constance

This is a good novice hurdle, but we won at the track before. We have always been coming here. I am very excited about running him and I think he has a very big future.

Exeter 3.30 – Riggs

Riggs runs in the Pertemps Qualifier. He ran really well earlier in the season a hundred grand race at Haydock. He ran no race at all at Warwick the last day and I have no idea why.

We will put a pair of cheek pieces on him just to help him through the race. I hope that sparks him up a little bit. He has the form to figure, he was second in the EBF last year and second at Haydock as I already said. If we put a line through Warwick, he is a big contender here.

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