Dan Skelton celebrates an excellent week at Cheltenham
Ladbrokes ambassador Dan Skelton celebrates a tremendous week at Cheltenham and talks through his runners at Kempton and Uttoxeter this weekend.
Ch’Tibello’s win means so much to us. We were lucky on Tuesday with Roksana but you can’t get lucky twice. I am super proud of the whole team; we had planned this race out.
It is magic for the owners who have put a lot into and have spent a lot of time hoping for a horse like this. To then pull it off is just brilliant.
Everyone works tirelessly right across the year. We have 361 days of hard racing so to come here and have two winners, it is amazing.
We start at Kempton where Bridget Andrews rides Ferrorobin (1.30). I think he’s got a fair chance; he bolted up the other day.
He’s got a strong mark rated 137. That’s good enough in most novice hurdles to carry a penalty.
There are others in this you have to respect though including Nicky Henderson’s one, Heatstroke. It won’t be as easy as last time, that’s for sure but I do think he will go well and the track will definitely suit him.
I think Holryal (2.05) is handicapped up to the hilt so we are going to struggle.
Value At Risk runs in the Silver Bowl (3.15). He didn’t get in at Cheltenham and we’ve had this race in mind for him.
There are only eight runners which is good as single figured fields suit him nowadays. His chances depend on which side of bed he gets out of but you’d have to give him an each-way chance.
We go to Uttoxeter too, where Harry Skelton rides Aintree My Dream (2.25). Eventually he will get some soft ground. We have been waiting all year for it! He has an each-way chance at least.
We have three runners in the 3.00 but Shannon Bridge is our best chance. He will love the ground, the trip and he will stay very well.
We have put some cheek pieces on just to sharpen him up a little bit. Hopefully he’s got some sort of squeak here.
Stowaway Magic has basically proven he’s badly handicapped and that remains the case.
Wynfred starts back for us, although the ground may be a bit too soft for him. He always runs well in a big field so we will see where we are with him.
Get On The Yager runs in the Midlands National (3.35), which has been the plan all year. He stays really well these days and he’s only got a little weight in it.
He had a big weight in it last year and I just think he is coming back to a little bit of form. I am very happy with him coming into this.
Tigeralley (5.20) fell the other day over fences on really soft ground over two miles. It was not a great race obviously. I think she has a chance here.