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Dan Skelton talks us through his runners at Warwick and Market Rasen

| 15.01.2021

We have our busiest Saturday of the year so far ahead of us with runners at Warwick and Market Rasen.

We will start at Warwick where Harry rides the majority. But in the first we have two runners. Harry rides Amoola Gold (13.15) and Lorcan Williams rides Destrier (13.15).

I think Amoola Gold has a fair chance. He’s been in great form this season and I think two miles round this track with five jumps coming up quick down the back straight will be really good for him. Sky Pirate looks the one to beat.

Destrier has top weight. He was third in a Grade 1 at Aintree about 18 months ago so is a very good horse in his own right. We have had a few little problems with him but he finished third in the Haldon Gold Cup last season and has definitely retained his ability. I can see him improving a bit for this.

Midnight River (14.25) is in the Leamington Hurdle. I have won this twice before with similar types to him. I think this horse is a very nice prospect, especially as a future chaser.

The race is very competitive with plenty of runners who have run at a pretty high level but I would have to give him a fair chance. I’ve trained him specifically for this race and he is certainly sharper than he was at Leicester, but I also respect the others.

Captain Chaos (15.00) was second in the Classic Chase last year and runs in it again. The blinkers are back on, with which he performs to his best, and the bookmakers are expecting him to be favourite, which I take as a compliment. I can’t really see how he should be as he hasn’t run that well recently.

Maybe I am wrong. The blinkers will be a big advantage and he is back down to a realistic mark. Of course I give him a chance but to make him favourite is a little brave.

Ardlethen (15.35) is back over hurdles in the Pertemps qualifier, having fallen over fences last time. He has jumped well at home. He is not a bad jumper and I thought a run over hurdles would be interesting.

He won a good novice chase last year and was placed in all the top novices without winning. This season he ran well in the Ladbrokes Trophy so he has the ability.

I will be keeping an eye on the ground over at Market Rasen as if it got really bad there might be one or two non-runners from us. We will see what happens overnight.

Across The Line (12.55) is in the novice hurdle with Willie Marshall taking 7lb off, which is very necessary with a big weight.

He won well last time, winning when he looked like he wasn’t going to. We were very handy with him that day and he showed a very good attitude.

Crooks Peak (14.05) and Langer Dan (14.05) run in the handicap hurdle. To be honest neither have been in the shiniest of form recently.

I am just getting to know Crooks Peak, who pulled a little hard the last day but at least showed plenty of enthusiasm.

Langer Dan has had a wind op. He was a pretty good juvenile last season but just hasn’t fired so far this term. I can see the fortunes of both changing with a little help from the handicapper and some spring ground. It just doesn’t appear to be happening at the moment.

Mohaayed runs in a 3m race for horses that have not won a Graded race recently. It’s been rewarded with a quality turnout.

He is in good form and should go well. A few others have higher marks but I still think he will go well.