Dan Skelton discusses his runners racing on New Year’s Day

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We start 2020 with runners at Cheltenham and Musselburgh. Harry is going to Cheltenham where he rides Protektorat (12.15) in the first.

The step up to two and a half miles is a positive for him. He has two bits of good form around Sandown lately, especially last time in a handicap. 

Bringing handicap form into a novice is always helpful. There are a couple rated slightly higher than him but that doesn’t worry us too much.

Oldgrangewood (2.00) won last time at Newbury where he just got up on the line.

This is another competitive handicap in which he is meeting very similar horses. I’d say he definitely has a chance as the dry weather is in his favour and he is in great form.

In the 3m handicap hurdle we have Anytime Will Do (2.35).

With the promise of a fast run race, carrying 10st and the likelihood of the field coming back to him up the hill, there could be a lot of positives here. I would have to give him an each way chance. 

He ran well at Newbury the other day, where he lost concentration late on and went left-handed across the track, but this trip still does look the right call for him after last time.

Our Cheltenham Festival winner Roksana (3.10) is very well. Ascot did not go right for us. We probably rode her a bit handy and had one of those days where we wished we could do it again. 

She is absolutely fine and I am looking forward to running her again at Cheltenham over the right trip. She receives weight from everyone in the field and I would be disappointed if she wasn’t bang up there.

We send one runner to Musselburgh, Peter The Mayo Man (2.15), who will like the ground and a fast run race will suit him.

His form hasn’t been there recently but he does look well handicapped on old form if he can piece it all back together.

Happy New Year 

Dan

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Dan Skelton

Since starting out on his own, Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton has assembled one of the most exciting stables in National Hunt racing. Having enjoyed their first Cheltenham Festival success with Superb Story in 2016, Skelton and the team are hungry for more. Get the latest from the Lodge Hill maestro exclusively at Ladbrokes News.