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Dan Skelton on a busy Saturday at Uttoxeter, Warwick and Newbury

| 07.02.2020

We have three meetings on Saturday starting with Uttoxeter where we have two running. So Lonely (12.48) starts back after a winter break. The ground is still too soft but there are not that many runners so I thought we’d have a go.

Backoftheenvelope (1.22) ran last week but she hasn’t looked good enough to figure in Novices’. I hope we can win a low grade race down the line but I wouldn’t be expecting fireworks.

Bridget Andrews has a nice bunch of rides at Newbury. We kick off with River Tyne (1.15). She ran ok in a bumper at Lingfield which wouldn’t have suited her in hindsight but we got out there and she showed ability.

This is a very deep race and I’m not expecting her to go and win but she should acquit herself nicely and I think she has a future in the game.

Anytime Will Do (1.50) didn’t fully stay 3m1f last time but turned in at Huntingdon with a chance. He ran well here over 3m and hopefully he has a chance again.

In the big one, we run Flegmatik (3.35) and it’s been a race we have had in a mind for him ever since he ran at Wetherby back in autumn. He’s got 10’2 and he is at the best we can have him. It is a very deep race however but the track will suit him and he’s a strong horse. He has an each-way chance.

The ground is drying out for Redzor (4.10) which is a big positive. I am happy with him. His last outing at Kempton was a bit too deep. His two runs before that were very good though, including a very nice win at Fakenham. I give him a bit of a squeak here.

Wild About Oscar (4.45) won very well at Warwick. This is a listed bumper so it’s a hot race. He’s one of the bigger players here and he’s got a chance.  I can see him becoming a nice hurdler next year.

Harry Skelton will be at Warwick, where we have a full card. Firak (12.55) definitely has an each-way chance. He has run well for us a couple of times already this year. The track suits him and he’s in good form.

King D’Argent (1.30) was a little bit better last time and is showing some sort of improvement but I’m not sure we are quite there yet with him.

Nube Negra (2.05) has been targeted for this race all season. He could do with the weather staying away until tomorrow evening. He will love the track and is in great form at home. I couldn’t be happier with him really.

Ch’ti Diamond (2.40) is from France and beat Fusil Raffles out there but she’s had a long time off with injury and I think she will improve for the run. We have done as much as we can with her.

Next we run Two Taffs (3.15) in a valuable handicap chase. We were going to go to Cheltenham with him on trials day but with the ground still soft we decided to come here. Arguably this track will suit him better. We haven’t run him since the Ladbrokes Trophy where he ran really well but just didn’t stay. We are really happy with him.

Mr. Love (3.50) has won his last three races and is a very progressive horse. He had a little break and I think he has another chance here.

I think Cadzand (4.25) is one of the leading horses on figures in the race. I have given him plenty of time since his last run and he’s a likely favourite.




Dan Skelton

Since starting out on his own, Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton has assembled one of the most exciting stables in National Hunt racing. Having enjoyed their first Cheltenham Festival success with Superb Story in 2016, Skelton and the team are hungry for more. Get the latest from the Lodge Hill maestro exclusively at Ladbrokes News.