Dan Skelton looks ahead to a busy weekend and the West Wales National
In this weekend’s blog I have tried to outline our plans for Saturday and Sunday but I should warn readers it could be subject to a lot of change, not least because of the weather.
Harry is going to Newton Abbot on Saturday where he will ride Monsieur D’Arque (1.35). I think he has a great chance. He is in really good form and I think he might have taken a step forward since his last run as well.
I might run Lyford (1.35) in the same race, a horse who didn’t show anything in his one run for us and needs to improve, but is surely one for handicaps. He doesn’t look good enough to win a weight-for-age.
I will run Elton Des Mottes (3.20) in the maiden hurdle. He was a lot better last time, much more like it. He ran well in a bumper this time last year and he looks like he is improving now he has settled into hurdling.
I will definitely run Yorkist (3.55) in the two and a half chase. He’s in good form. We are having a try at two and a half as things have been happening quick enough at two miles so this is worth a go.
I am 50-50 about whether to run anything in the 2m1f handicap hurdle and if I do it would probably be Grande Waltz (5.00). He would be having his first run for us so it would be hard to know what to expect as he has hasn’t achieved a lot for a while but he seems fit enough at home.
Bridget goes to Carlisle to ride Peppay Le Pugh (2.15). He will love the fast ground up there. He has been absolutely magnificent for us this season and just thrives on racing. I am delighted to get him back out but because he is just a pleasure to watch. He has an obvious leading chance.
We will probably run Get On The Yager (4.20) in the West Wales National at Ffos Las. He would have a chance in this after finishing third in the Midlands National last time. The ground will be a bit better and the trip a bit shorter. He hasn’t won this season but hopefully he will be competitive.
Harry goes to Market Rasen at the moment where he could have six rides. Present Ranger (2.30) has had a few problems but we seem to be over those now. We liked him in the autumn when he had good form and hopefully he can get back on track in the maiden hurdle.
Mabela (3.00) runs in the handicap hurdle. She has won and been second in her last two starts. She has been really good. She will like the ground, the track will be no problem and we feel she has got to be competitive.
I am not sure about Holryale (3.30). The handicapper is giving him a bit of a chance but I was disappointed with him at Bangor, where after travelling so well he seemed to give up a bit. If there is not a big field that might increase his chances.
Gortroe Joe (4.05) runs in the novice handicap chase. He is good going right-handed and again I hope there aren’t too many in the race. He had a fibrillating heart last time and it corrected itself 10-15 minutes after the race. Hopefully we won’t see that happen again, but take that run out and he looked very progressive over fences.
Zamparelli (4.40) loves it round Market Rasen where three miles holds no fears. He surely has a chance. He was never happy for whatever reason at Uttoxeter last time.
Montego Grey (5.10) runs in the bumper and has some real sharp form. I didn’t run him at Aintree because it went too soft. I’ve been looking forward to running this horse and finishing his season in a bumper ahead of novice hurdling next season.
At Plumpton I am 50-50 whether to run Istimraar (2.50) but I definitely run Mister Universum (3.25) in the Sussex Champion Hurdle. I’ve had the race in mind for a while. He’s in good form and hopefully has a fair chance.
I could run Point Taken (4.30) in the maiden hurdle and he would have some sort of chance if he does. Kereman (5.05) is also a possible for the conditional jockeys’ hurdle. He won last time and he would only run if I was happy with him and the ground.