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Dan Skelton talks us through his Chepstow runners

| 08.10.2021

The jumps season is back and Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton gives us his best chances at Chepstow races this weekend.

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Friday

Chepstow 1pm – Pikar

This weekend we head to Chepstow races for two days. The first day we start with Pikar who is having his first ever run for us. He has done everything nicely at home and was due a run in the springtime but Covid kept messing that up. We wanted to go to France at one point but between the pandemic and Brexit, it didn’t happen. He will obviously improve. Paul Nicholls has a fancy one in there so it won’t be as easy for us.

Chepstow 2.45 – Hidden Heroics

In the Persian War, Hidden Heroics is a nice horse from the point-to-point field. I would want to walk the course first to make sure it is safe for him. We have started him in the deep end, but he is working nicely, jumps well, the trip will be fine, and ultimately, I think he has a nice future in the game.

Chepstow 3.20 – Cabot Cliffs

Cabot Cliffs has been targeted for this race since he went on holiday last year. He will love the ground and the track is no problem. He’s got top weight, but someone has to carry it and it doesn’t concern me.

Chepstow 3.55 – Runwiththetide and Whenthepennydrops

From the point-to-point field we have Runwiththetide. She is by Presenting and she will like a bit of nice ground. Again, I’ll make sure the ground is ok but I am not too worried. She’s done everything nicely, jumps really well, and the trip is perfect. She will improve a bit because she hasn’t done this before. I like her a lot and she has a big future.

My other runner here is Whenthepennydrops. I will have to be very cautious of the ground with her. She has done lots of jumping but I do expect her to just improve all over for this run.

Saturday

Chepstow 1.15 – Rocky Man

Looking to Saturday, we start off with Rocky Man in the Juvenile Hurdle. It is a pretty good race as always. I will issue a word of warning about the ground; we must make sure it is safe for him. He is a very nice horse from France by Doctor Dino who is a very good sire.

Chepstow 1.50 – Allmankind

I can’t find a chase to run him in before the Old Roan Chase so we need to get a run into him. He will handle a bit of decent ground but I’d have to make sure it is that. He will need the run, not because he is not fit, I have done as much as I can with him, it’s just that he is a heavy horse and he needed the run last year at Cheltenham. I remember going to Cheltenham with him last year telling everyone I thought he would win but he needed the first run quiet badly. There’s no point me pretending this year will be different. So a bit of a word of warning there!

Chepstow 3.30 – Proschema

Proschema goes for the Silver Trophy and I am very happy with him. This has been the target since he came back in. It’s a great trip and track for him, the ground is really suitable, and I can’t wait to run him.

Chepstow 4.05 – Not That Fuisse

Not That Fuisse loves a bit of decent ground as well so all will be fine for him here. He ran well on decent ground at the back end of last season and I would have to give him a squeak.

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Warren Barner