Dan Skelton previews his weekend runners at Uttoxeter and Carlisle
Cheltenham may be over but we have plenty of horses to run this weekend.
At Uttoxeter I’d Better Go Now (13:50) is in good form and has been working well. He runs well fresh so we have given him a nice break over the winter.
Flegmatik (14:25) runs in the Novices’ Handicap Chase. We are taking a slightly different approach here, going left-handed over three miles. I feel it is worth a go because maybe he is a stayer. We’ve run over two miles and he has been outpaced.
I know this is a more extreme step but there are not that many races for him and I think it is worth a try.
Wilde About Oscar (15:00) runs in the Handicap Hurdle. He won a Listed race last time. He did that nicely and is a very nice horse, one I think will continue progressing next year.
He has to carry top weight but we were never going to Cheltenham with him and this looks a suitable race to run him in. Whether he can carry top weight remains to be seen but I do think he is a good horse.
Tommy Rapper (15:35) is our runner in the Midlands National. He is a good, strong stayer and a horse I have always wanted to aim at these big staying races. This is our first chance to have a go at one.
He has worked well. This is his second run after a long layoff so you always question that, but he has had lots of time and I feel like he has stepped forward at home anyway.
Interconnected (16:10) runs in the Novices’ Hurdle and two and a half miles will be much more like it for him.
It was only two miles when he ran the other day, but by running over that trip it meant he wasn’t too keen. There are a couple of decent horses in here, but we are happy with him.
Frisson Collonges (17:15) runs in the Handicap Chase. He has been off for the winter but I’ve done loads and loads of work with him.
I have to be honest, I don’t know where we stand with him. I’m not sure about his trip or how best to ride him. We have opted for an intermediate trip and will ride him normally and see how we get on. He’s worked nicely.
Lac De Constance (17:50) runs in the bumper. He ran very well on his first start at Warwick. He is next year’s jumper but we are buying him a bit of time before he goes over hurdles. I think he will go well in this because he’s a good horse.
We are sending two to Carlisle.
Seven No Trumps (13:50) is in the maiden hurdle. He is top rated in this and I would expect him to run well.
He is a huge horse who has run two nice races so it won’t be long before he goes over fences.
Captain Chaos (15:25) has his first run in a veterans chase. He won last time, just, at Ascot.
This looks the perfect opportunity to get him in the right type of race. He has gone up the handicap a bit more and he has to defy that rise. I think Carlisle will suit him.