Ladbrokes’ Dan Skelton talks us through his weekend runners

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We start off with Earlshill in the 12.20 at Uttoxeter. He had a couple of places last year.

He didn’t want the ground really bad when we ran him in January but ours weren’t in great form then anyway. The trip is fine.

Sir Will is in there who has got some nice form and there are a couple of unexposed ones as well. He’s going to be competitive without me saying he’s going to be the winner.

No Getaway is a lovely horse and runs in the 15.40 at Uttoxeter. He’s a half-brother to One For Arthur; he needs no introduction! He wouldn’t jump off the page as a definite bumper winner but he does do everything very nicely.

He’s obviously a chaser in time and given his pedigree he’s only going to get better with distance. I do expect him to run well tomorrow but if he didn’t win I wouldn’t be crying.

Cabaret Queen runs in the 12.30 at Wetherby. She was obviously very good at Market Rasen last time against the girls. She is stepping up against the boys but she gets seven pound back.

The track will be lovely for her and she jumps nicely. I wouldn’t say it’s a formality but she obviously has a leading chance in it.

I’ve been waiting to go chasing with Whatduhavetoget and she runs in the 13.05 at Wetherby. She ran a real funny race at Chepstow first time out.

We fancied her in the Silver Trophy but she just never got going. A few of ours were running a bit moderately at the time, although I’m not using that as an excuse.

I think fences, with a seven pound allowance, makes her very competitive.

Get On The Yeager will run in the 15.20 at Wetherby. He ran at a similar time to Whatduhavetoget and put up a moderate display at Uttoxeter.

Again not an excuse, but he has to go and put some good form in the book. Last year he won three novice hurdles and he appears to be a chaser really so I’d like to go and see him run a lot better tomorrow.

Sunday

I run North Hill Harvey in the 13.50 at Cheltenham. He’s got to take on River Wylde, a good horse with good form from last year and Capitaine, who looked good in his two chases so far.

We’ve won around the track, we won the Greatwood and have to give away three pounds. I suppose if River Wylde was lining up in the Greatwood, he would be favourite.

So I think it’s a real tight race but he’s in good form.

Mohaayed runs in the feature race at 3pm. He took the handicap route last year but he’s a second season hurdler and he brings some good form to the table.

With The New One running you get a lot of horses off unusual weights so I think it makes it very competitive. We are very happy with him, he jumps beautifully and he’s ready for this.

I will run Bedrock in the 15.30 at Cheltenham. He ran a bit moderate here last time like a few of the others at the time. It was very unusual.

He wasn’t as exuberant as he can be. I’m giving Cheltenham another go though. If he turns up with the form that he showed in last year’s Aintree juvenile or in any of his two novice hurdle wins, he’s going to be a big player.

If it was the track rather than him performing below-par, then of course he won’t be running at Cheltenham ever again. I am willing to give him another go.

At Fontwell, Shelford runs in the 14.05. He has been a great horse for us over the years winning graded races in England and France.

He ran really well in a couple of chases in the summer too. He’s had a bit of freshening up now and the trip and ground is no problem at Fontwell.

Bridget Andrews gets on well with him too. I think he’s a player.

Its’afreebee also runs at Fontwell in the 14.40. There is no recent form there so we need the fire to start burning.

Historically, he’s got really good form and our aim is to get him back near that ASAP!

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.