Harry Skelton Blog: Lucky One going in the right direction
We run three in the Grade Three EBF Final (13:50) and there’s not much between them. I ride Our Jet who has been running well with two wins in his last two starts.
Last time he showed a really good attitude when winning over two-and-a-half-miles at Wetherby and the form of that race has worked out nicely. He seems in good form and I think he’s competitively handicapped. This race is targeted by a lot of horses and is ultra-competitive, but we’re hopeful he can run very well.
Jet Plane has been running consistently all season and has very little weight, carrying 10-stone with Tristan Durrell taking another seven pounds off. You’d have to give him a chance and hopefully he can run another solid race.
Bridget won on Hometown Hero last time at Market Rasen, where he finished really strongly in the closing stages, and she stays on him here. At Ludlow on his previous start, he just ran out of time on the run-in. This trip on a stiff track should suit him really well. I think he’s got a good chance.
We’ve two runners in the Imperial Cup (14:25). I’m on Lucky One and he seems to be slowly coming back to form. It was quite a nice run from him last time at Ascot over two-and-a-half-miles, when he perhaps didn’t quite see out the trip. Hopefully they go a fast gallop up front as that should suit him. The handicapper has given him a good chance and while we need to see improvement on his last run, he’s going in the right direction.
To be honest, we’ve been scratching our heads with Calico all season.I felt that he should probably have won two starts ago at Lingfield, but he just couldn’t go by his rival on the run-in.
He’s been frustrating, but he’s got ability and has been freshened up since his last run over fences. We’re claiming seven pounds off him, so he’s effectively running off a mark of 125 and the handicapper thought that he was a 140-rated horse last year. We hope that he’s a player.
The Mares’ Listed Bumper (15:00) is always a really competitive race, with lots of connections trying to get some black type, which is important for breeding purposes. Meetuatnine seems to be really straightforward at home and has done everything we’ve asked. We’re pitching her in at the deep end to start off, but we’ll see how she gets on. We come here hopeful and if she can finish in the places, we’d be delighted.
We’ve a few runners at Warwick on Sunday. Lac De Constance runs in the two-mile novices’ hurdle (14:12). Basically, we’ve got to get another run into him before he’s eligible to run in any decent handicaps, so this will open up a few more options for us and Aintree might be a possibility. He won well at Exeter last time and whatever he does here, we think he’s a really nice horse for the future.
Boss Man Fred (15:20) ran really well at Doncaster, when just getting run out of it from the back of the last. Three-milers sometimes need a race to sharpen them up a bit and I feel that should have done the trick with him. We’re hopeful he’ll go very close.
We run a newcomer in the bumper (17:05), a horse called Mount Tempest. He’s a nice big son of Walk In The Park and like most of our bumper horses we’ll be taking our time with him and making sure he gallops through the line nicely. We like what we see at home and are looking forward to running him.
We’re going into Cheltenham in good form and hopefully we have several nice chances next week. I’ll be giving a daily blog update ahead of each day of the Festival, which you’ll be able to read here.