Dan Skelton previews Leylak and Protektorat at Wincanton on Saturday
It will be a very quiet weekend for us with only two runners, both at Wincanton on Saturday.
Leylak (12.25) will be our representative in the maiden hurdle and I think he has a big chance. He has stepped forward from his run at Newbury.
As he is four he gets the weight-for-age allowance in this race as well.I have been very happy with him. He looks fantastic and he has done plenty of jumping since.
Protektorat (14.05) runs in the Dipper Novices’ Chase, rearranged from Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. He will take a lot of beating in this.
He has jumped well at home, looks great. Obviously we wanted to run him on New Year’s Day but that didn’t happen. This looks like a stepping stone to something bigger. He is in good form and I would like to think he can win this, given the opposition.
Obviously I respect the claims of second favourite Messires Des Obeaux but he hasn’t achieved over fences yet what Protektorat has. I think he is the rightful favourite.