Grosvenor Sport Harry Skelton

Harry Skelton: Great to be back riding at Cheltenham again      

It’s been a busy week and we’ve been schooling plenty of horses. We ran a nice four-year-old called Midnight River, who finished third at Worcester on Wednesday, and we were delighted with him.

He’s one of the first four-year-olds to run that didn’t last season. Sometimes it’s good to give them a bit of time to mature and fill into their frame. He’ll have a break now and will probably be next out around Christmas time.

Aggy With It was running a very nice race until coming down at the second last. Thankfully she’s fine and it’s good that the horses are running well. They’re there or thereabouts generally.

It’s always great to be back riding at Cheltenham again. The October meeting isn’t the biggest of the season, but it’s where everyone wants to be having winners and it’s a really enjoyable couple of days.

Cheltenham, Friday

Not That Fuisse – 2:35

It was a nice encouraging first start over fences at Uttoxeter earlier this month and we’re dropping back to two miles here. We want to give him some experience of the track and hopefully, he’ll run well, although it looks a very hot race.

He’s definitely got the pace for two miles and I imagine we’ll be between two and two and a half this season. Al Dancer had some very strong form over hurdles and with the Twiston-Davies horses running so well, I expect he’s the one we all have to beat.

Mister Universum – 3:10

The form of his last race at Warwick has worked out well with Robinshill winning at Worcester on Wednesday. He’s a hard horse to assess when he’s about to win because he’s so consistent, but the handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds. He wouldn’t want too much rain.

Present Ranger – 3:45

He did really well to win a couple of novice hurdles over the summer and he’ll run in this novice chase if the ground is okay. He’s a big strapping chasing type and we’ll aim him at a few decent chases this winter to give him some experience at a high level.

It won’t be the end of the world if he doesn’t lose his maiden tag, but if he does then great. We want to get experience into him, he was busy in the summer so he’ll only have three or so runs this winter. You have to play the long game.

Getariver – 4:20

This daughter of Getaway won a couple of bumpers for us last season and she’s undergone wind surgery since then. She was quite keen when she won at Newbury in March and felt like she was always running away from something.

She’s more settled at home and even though we’re starting off quite high in this maiden hurdle, she’s a horse we like and I’m sure she will progress further down the line. Win, lose or draw, she’ll come on plenty for this and it’s a nice starting point.


We run two in the closing conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. Peter The Mayo Man is having his first start for a long time and it’s great to get him back on the track, although he will definitely come on for it. Edward Austin rides him.

Falcon Sun has a nice racing weight and he has been working very well at home. I could definitely see him running a big race. William Marshall takes the ride and we’re all hoping for a decent effort.

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