Dan Skelton previews his weekend runners at Haydock, Newton Abbot and Hereford
We are involved at a couple of meetings on Saturday. Harry is going to Haydock for the track’s Finals day.
Vision Du Puy (14.05) runs in the 2m final. She won at Stratford last time. She has gone up a little bit in the handicap but I don’t see Haydock being a problem for her. I hope everything is set for her to put up another good show.
Debece (14.40) is in the 3m chase final. He ran nicely for us the other day at Sandown first time out for the stable. He should have no problem with the track either and I would like to think he can be competitive.
The same can be said for Ashtown Lad (15.15). He has had a wind op since his last run, and I think that is what has been holding him back in his last couple of runs. He looks great, jumped nicely this morning and is all ready to go. He has to contend with top weight as a novice, which is a little frustrating, but it is what it is.
Bridget heads down to Newton Abbot where All Shook Up (13.55) is our first runner. He hasn’t shown a great deal, to be honest. I think he is probably a horse that wants to go into a novices’ handicap chase as soon as possible. I don’t think he can win a weight-for-age on what we have seen so far.
On the other hand Jet Plane (15.40) ran nicely in a bumper the other day. He just did a little too much but I think hurdles will be right up his street and he would definitely have a chance.
We have three runners at Hereford where we start with Midnight Aurora (14.16). This is a good race for her. The track and the trip really suit her, and you would have to give her a chance based on that.
We have found a very ordinary maiden hurdle for Frisson Collonges (14.46) and I would hope he could win this as it’s not a very strong race.
In the bumper we run Jay Jay Reilly (17.21) who has some leading form coming into this. I like him quite a lot. His bumper runs to date have been totally acceptable for a horse that wants to go jumping. I thought this was a race where he could hopefully get his head in front.