Top trainer Dan Skelton talks us through his weekend runners

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On Saturday we go to Hereford and Sandown.

We start off with Gi Jayne in the 1.40 at Hereford but her form isn’t there at the moment.

She did run a little bit better last time but maybe when the sun gets on her back  in the spring she will get better as  most fillies do.

Savello (4.35) ran ok last time. I thought he probably needed the run a bit more than he did.

He has sharpened up a bit for that. He is in a nice grade but it is a competitive looking handicap and I think he will run ok. I’m not saying he will win but I can see him being in the first three.

At Sandown, Al Shahir runs in the 1.50. He has been favourite through the week for it and has some smart looking form behind First Flow, Maria’s Benefit, and Kalashnikov.

He definitely has the best form on offer. He’s off a nice mark and now it’s just whether he can handle that hill finish over two-and-a-half miles.

He is bred to stay and going into the race, so I don’t see that being a problem.

Ckalco Des Loges (4.45) is my other runner here. He ran a bit better last time but again, he’s one who doesn’t quite have the form at the moment.

He won a couple of hurdles last year on better ground and as the ground improves, perhaps his chances will. He needs to find his way back now.

On Sunday, I have runners at Warwick, starting with Moonlight Dancer in the 2.20.

She ran ok in a bumper but she is surely better suited by obstacles. Having said that, a lot of these horses on Sunday will be ground-dependant.

If it absolutely hammers it down, she may not run. She wouldn’t want it heavy so we will make more of a decision after the rain that is forecast to come. If she did run, I expect a nice run from her.

Starcrossed runs in the same race. He won last time and stayed very well which took us by surprise. Again, his participation will be under serious doubt with the rain.

Golden Vision (2.50) has some nice form from last year and I can’t wait to get her started over fences. Again, ground is a concern.

Away For Slates (3.25) ran a bit better last time and he’s not without a chance. He will run whatever the ground and he is an each-way chance.

Spader (4.30) will run but is struggling for form. He took a hard fall last year and just hasn’t looked the same since.

Clondaw Anchor (5.30) is my last runner in the bumper. He is a doubt looking at the forecast too.

He ran in an Irish point-to-point, made all the running, but just didn’t quite get home. He showed lots up until then and I think he will be a real player if or when he gets his chance to run.

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.