More joy for Skelton in store


Dan Skelton had his first Cheltenham Festival winner on Friday and there could be more success ahead for him on Saturday.

The rising trainer landed the County Hurdle when Bridget Andrews guided Mohaayed to a strong finish up the Cheltenham hill.

She’s in the plate again on board Cobra De Mai in the feature event at Kempton, the Silver Bowl Handicap Chase, and they are tipped to go well at odds of 13/2.

The improving six-year-old produced a fine win last month at Warwick on his first start after wind surgery and there is likely to be further mileage in him, having been raised just 3lb for that score.

With Andrews certain to be full of confidence, Cobra De Mai looks to have solid claims of making it five wins in just eight starts over fences.

The Midlands National is Uttoxeter’s biggest contest of the season and puts the track in sharp focus on this traditional slot the day after Cheltenham finishes. Skelton combines with brother Harry to have an interesting contender here.

Following the endurance test that is four days of Cheltenham, Get On The Yager sounds a bit more like a rallying call than a tip!

He was a game scorer in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wincanton on Boxing Day on his penultimate start.

The form of that race is working out most pleasingly, with three of the beaten horses entering the winners’ enclosure since.

In the interim, Get On The Yager finished a perfectly acceptable second over a trip that wouldn’t have played to his stamina strengths at Southwell.

He ran a useful sort in Two Swallows close and should relish the test on offer at Uttoxeter. At odds of 7/1, he can improve again and run a big race under Harry Skelton.

Saturday is St Patrick’s Day and while the weather has claimed Down Royal, there is action at Wexford on the Emerald Isle.

Crosshue Boy is fancied in the two-mile Novice Handicap Chase (16:50) to halt the glorious run of the Cheltenham Festival’s leading trainer, Gordon Elliott, who saddles Soul Kaliber.

Crosshue Boy was polished in winning for the first time over fences at Leopardstown last week and will take a bit of stopping if he turns up in the same mood now, ensuring he’s worth backing at 6/4.

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