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Dan Skelton rates Beakstown chances in big race at Kempton

| 25.02.2022

Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton has seven runners over the weekend, four of which are at Kempton on Saturday, and the Warwickshire-based trainer gave us the lowdown on their prospects over the two days.

Saturday

Flegmatik – 1.15 Kempton

The little drop in trip won’t be a problem for him. He was good at this track the last day and with his good form at home as well, I would like to think he will go very close. We’ll have no excuses.

Frere D’Armes – 3.00 Kempton

This is a good novice hurdle. We’ve got a few pound to find with a couple but I am very happy with this horse. The trip, track and ground are all very suitable and this race will tell us where we stand. I do like him.

Beakstown – 3.37 Kempton

Beakstown, Dan Skelton

This is the big race and our horse is in good form. We are trying three miles which is a pretty big step up in trip but we are happy with him and I think it’ll suit him. I am happy to make the step up at a place like Kempton and it’s worth 150k so we will give it a go.

Lydford – 4.10 Kempton

He runs a little bit further this time and I have put the cheekpieces on him for the first time. I felt he had a bit left at Warwick last time so we will see how we get on with the cheekpieces. He’s in good form at home.

Debece – 4.25 Newcastle

He drops back in trip here because he did too much at Doncaster the last day. I was surprised at how much spark he showed at Doncaster that day. I thought he was definitely a three-miler, but he looked like he wanted the drop in trip.

Éclair D’Ainay – 2.53 Chepstow

Bridget Andrews is at Chepstow and this horse relishes these very soft conditions. He was a good second at Lingfield the last day and I think he has a really good chance here.

Sunday

Allmankind – 2.50 Fontwell

He is my one runner on Sunday in the big race – the National Spirit Hurdle. He doesn’t get a penalty because he’s back over hurdles and I’m chuffed to bits with him and looking forward to this. He’s a player at this trip and the left-handed track suits. He’s in much better form than he was post-Huntingdon and he’s in good form now.

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