Dan Skelton discusses his runners at Cheltenham and Aintree

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In his latest blog, Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton gives us an insight into his runners at Cheltenham and Aintree this weekend.

We are Cheltenham bound this weekend and our first runner is Captain Chaos in the Handicap Chase at 2.00.

He ran alright for three parts of the race at Chepstow last time out but probably got a little bit tired.

I still think the handicapper’s got him too high. He will have his day but the handicapper needs to relent really.

We run Notwhatiam in the Pertemps qualifier at 3.45. He won quiet cosily last time and I think he has a chance. He wants three miles and the ground is fine.

It is a highly competitive and a much stronger race than he was in last time, so we should curb our enthusiasm but I believe he will run well.

We have Knight In Dubai in the Novices’ Chase (4.55). He was a nice novice hurdler for us last year.

He’s jumping well and the ground should be OK but he’s probably not going to be the highest rated in this race but we need to get his season started and he’ll deserve his place in the lineup.

He will run well though and I expect a good season from him.

In the bumper, we run Bbold (5.30). The ground will be perfect for him and he should stay the trip well. There are plenty of unexposed horses in here but he’s fit and well and shows nicely at home. I would expect him to run nicely but I’m not going there saying he should win.

On Sunday, we head to Aintree. I run Present Ranger in the first at 12.40.

I really like this horse, especially long term as a chaser. He has to take on a good horse in Aye Aye Charlie so technically he can’t win at the weights.

He should step forward this year and when he’s chasing, he should be the finished article. He’ll run nicely but as I said I can’t see him beating Aye Aye Charlie.

Sir Mangan runs in the Conditions Jockeys Hurdle at 1.15. He’s been struggling to get back to winning form. Maybe he can but I doubt it.

He is getting older and the handicapper needs to bring him down a bit more. I do hope he has his day in the sun again at some point.

Three Musketeers runs in the Handicap Hurdle at 2.25. He ran nicely in the race last year. He hasn’t had a win for a while so he is due one.

I am not sure how well handicapped he is now but we need to get his season started and see how we get on. If I am honest, he has become a difficult horse to predict.

Value At Risk runs in the big race at 3.00. He has a lovely weight in this. I am happy with him at home and he always runs well fresh. The ground is fine and he’ll like the track.

He comes here with a chance, especially after winning last time. Off the weight, he has been given a nice opportunity to go and run in this big race so fingers crossed.

We run Molly The Dolly in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (3.35). She won very easily first time out last year and then she sort of lost her way.

She didn’t run like that again for us but she is fresh and well. I’d have loved to start her at a little less than three miles but she’s going to be a three miler in time this season so we might as well crack on.

She jumps well and has been in a point-to-point before. I can see her being competitive but it’s her first run over fences so we can’t be too bold.

In the bumper, we run a nicely presenting filly, Aggy With It (4.10). It’s her first run on the racecourse.

She has done enough at home and been away to the grass gallops a couple of times last year. She is in at the deep end in a good race and has a lot to learn.

I am sure she will run nicely but at the end of the day she is going to improve a lot for the experience.

Dan

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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.