Dan Skelton looks ahead to a busy weekend at five courses
I have a busy weekend starting with one runner at Ffos Las. Bridget Andrews heads there to ride Mohaayed (4.15).
He’s had a run already this season which will stand him in good stead. It takes him a run or two to get going for some reason but I am very happy with him at home.
He has got soft ground and this track is better for him but he’s still carrying top weight and off a high mark. The handicapper is making it hard for him! We love him and hopefully he can go and acquit himself well.
Harry Skelton goes to Market Rasen, where we have three runners, starting with Velkera (2.00). She’s a nice mare and won her only point-to-point.
I don’t really know fully what to expect but she has done everything we want at home and we just want to get her started now. There are a couple of others in the race with fancy form so it’s a warm enough mares race.
South Seas (2.35) is a new horse to us. He was a good miler on the flat but lost his way a little. We have done loads of jumping with him and he’s ready to get started.
This is his first run for us and will give us a good indicator on where we need to go. He obviously has plenty of ability over a mile on the flat but he’s got to prove he’s suitable for this job.
Next up is Anytime Will Do (3.10) in a six runner race. I thought there would be more so it’s a bit surprising. There is plenty ofgood opposition in this race and we’ve got top weight.
I like this horse from last year a lot. We never had the chance to run him at Cheltenham because he had a niggle but this is a good place to start. The step up in trip is ideal and the track will suit him.
At Stratford, we start with Terrierman (1.45). He has won a point-to-point. Willy Marshall rides him here and has ridden him loads at home.
He also gets 7lbs off which is great. There are a couple in there with fairly strong marks, whether we can beat them or not, I don’t know. My horse has done loads of work, jumps great and is ready to get going.
Superefficient (5.10) has been running well and Gina comes in for the ride here. We are stepping back in trip because she travels very well with a pair of blinkers on. Hopefully we have good chance in this.
On Sunday we have two meetings starting with Kempton and Harry rides Longhouse Sale (3.20). He had a great summer and just found the ground too soft for him at Market Rasenlast time.
Hopefully they don’t get rain here and he has a good chance. Aweeminit is in the same race. She is well out of the marks really and has a lot to find.
Sofia’s Rock (4.25) takes on a real hot field. It’s his first time in a hood; we found it settles him better at home. He’s got to do that on the track though and this race will tell us where we go this year.
If He has improved and he’ll be very competitive. If he’s at the same level, there are a couple in here we are going to beat him as they’re higher rated than him.
I spoke to the owners and they are happy to see where we stand and we are looking forward to running him.
At Sedgefield, Chasma (4.05) has been very consistent for us and I think the trip will really suit her. She has no weight and I’d like to think she has a bit of a chance.