Harry Skelton | Spiritofthegames has been trained for the Festival all season

Winner on Roksana on Day 1, Grosvenorsport.com ambassador Harry Skelton runs though all the races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, as well as discussing his rides throughout the day at Prestbury Park.

Cheltenham, Thursday


With the ground having gone soft I am now not so sure about Defi Du Seuil. I was very sweet on him all along. In that ground I am not sure if he will last it out. He and Lostintranslation have some good form together. But I am going to stick with Defi Du Seuil.

Notwhatiam – 2.10

If someone had said to us at the start of the season Notwhatiam would be running off 135 in the Pertemps Final we would have said we’re not sure he can improve that much, but he has.

He has been really progressive this year and not done a lot wrong. He won’t mind the ground or the trip. He was running an okay race when he came down at Cheltenham two out back in November. He is a horse who will love the fast pace we are likely to get. I don’t know how much he has got in hand off his mark. But after he won at Uttoxeter and we knew he would get in we have very much trained him for this race.


With the ground as it is now I think the old boy Un De Sceaux is a cracking price and I really like Monalee as well. Ruby has gone for Footpad. He has taken a leap of faith with him, being a young horse. Un De Sceaux has run once this season and was second to Altior. At the prices I think he will run a mighty race. I really like Monalee too and I think this is his best trip.


I would love to see Paisley Park win the Stayers’ Hurdle for Aidan Coleman. I sit next to him in the weighing room and have done since day one. Paisley Park has done nothing wrong and has really progressed with each run. I also fancy Black Op for a place. I just don’t know how he will handle the ground. Things hadn’t quite gone right for him over fences and his last run in the Cleeve Hurdle would have really brought him on.

Spiritofthegames – 4.10

Spiritofthegames has a great chance. He is a horse that won’t mind the ground, the trip or the track. There are not a lot of negatives with him. I would love to see Kildisart win the JLT and then we will be cooking on gas. Before this week I said he was my strongest ride of the Festival and I am really looking forward to riding him. He has been trained for the Festival all season.


Nicky Henderson has carried out a great bit of placing to get Epatante into this race without any penalties and she is receiving weight off good mares. Nicky is very keen on her.


We run Captain Chaos in the Kim Muir. His last two runs were really positive and he was second to Lake View Lad. He won’t mind the ground and depending on what mood he is in he could run well. Gina Andrews is aboard and she will suit him right down to the ground.

Market Rasen

Sense Of Adventure – 5.40

I must give this horse a mention. Sense of Adventure makes his debut in the bumper so don’t miss him. He has been working well.




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