Dan Skelton previews his Saturday runners at Cheltenham and Uttoxeter
We run Cabot Cliffs (12.30) in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. We have to take on a couple of good ones in Paul Nicholls’s Hell Red and the horse that beat us last time, Duffle Coat.
Duffle Coat has to give us a penalty. I think he’ll be competitive even though the others have slightly more fancy form, but this is a tough horse and I am looking forward to running him.
Spiritofthegames (2.15) is in great form for the Paddy Power. He is as good as I can have him. I don’t see anything at home to suggest he will do anything but run really well.
He has to deal with a high handicap mark but he nearly always performs well in these types of races every time they are on, so let’s hope he can land one one day.
Elle Est Belle (3.55) runs in the Listed bumper. She looked very good at Aintree. She is taking on a different track and a different set of horses so it’s going to be a lot more difficult, but everything I see at home has been positive.
We have two runners at Uttoxeter. Across The Line (1.32) runs in the novice hurdle. He was good the other day and I am looking forward to getting him out again quickly. He’s in great form.
All Shook Up (3.50) runs in the bumper. He has done plenty of work at home. I’ve taken him to the grass a few times and he has been showing up nicely. I hope he can acquit himself well. He will definitely be a jumper in time.