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Dan Skelton has high hopes for Molly Olly’s Wishes and Blaklion at Haydock

| 18.02.2022

Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton has a busy weekend ahead of him with nine runners at Haydock, Wincanton and Ascot.

The Warwickshire-based trainer took time out to examine the chances of all of Saturday’s prospects.

Haydock – 2.05 Molly Olly’s Wishes

She is in great form. The trip is no hassle and she has won on heavy ground before. She gets a bit of weight from Olly Murphy’s horse, Thomas Darby. There are a few in there that also go in the ground but I am very happy with our horse. She seems to have come out of Ascot really well, a race which was a month ago.

We didn’t run her at Warwick to give her an extra week. I’m happier with her condition this week than I was last week. There are no negatives.

Haydock – 2.40 Blaklion

Blaklion, Dan Skelton

I’m delighted with the ground conditions for Blaklion. He loves it heavy and he has won at Haydock the last two times. This is a better race of course, but wouldn’t it be magic if at the age of 13 he could go and do the business? He’s a credit to himself.

Haydock – 3.15 Ch’tibello

He isn’t getting any younger either, but he too is in good form. He fell last time, which wasn’t ideal. He has jumped nicely since. I don’t know if he gets three miles, but he has gone in the ground in the past.

Wincanton – 1.38 Callisto’s King, Farmer’s Gamble

We have two in this race. Bridget rides Callisto’s King, who ran nicely the other day at Doncaster. He’s a future chaser but I did like the way he ran.

The same could be said for Farmer’s Gamble. He ran well at Wincanton the last day as well, but again I think he is more of a chaser for the future. They both have little outside chances in what doesn’t look the deepest of races.

Wincanton – 2.13 Go Steady

I think Go Steady has a chance back over fences. He was fresh and well when he schooled this week. The ground should be perfect for him.

Wincanton – 3.20 Faivoir

He has it to do on the numbers against the top two in the Kingwell. We are going in with our eyes open, but we are giving it a go.

Ascot – 1.15 Jeffreys Cross

He runs in a very competitive novices’ hurdle. The race will give us an idea of where we are with him. I think he’ll make a chaser in the future but we will crack on over hurdles to see if he can win a race or two before he goes over fences in the autumn.

Ascot – 3.00 Lucky One

I think he is overpriced. I feel like he is coming back into a bit of form now. Hopefully he can run a big race. He has a lot of things in his favour so I think he can leave his recent ordinary form behind.

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