Harry Skelton: We’ve been looking forward to Allmankind in the Triumph Hurdle all week
It’s already been a week to remember after winning the Cheltenham Champion Chase on Politologue, but we’ve been looking forward to running Allmankind all week and I can’t wait for the race.
I’m hoping for a big run and it would be great to get in the winners’ enclosure once again.
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I’m really looking forward to riding him in the Triumph Hurdle, he’s been training really well at home. He won here earlier in the season and then won a Grade One at Chepstow last time.
It’s going to be a great race and I don’t think there’s much between those at the head of the market. I’m really happy with our lad.
Bridget [Andrews] rides Mohaayed who won the County a couple of years ago. He’s in nice enough form and the handicapper has given him a bit of a chance. As a past winner you know he won’t mind the track and we’ll all be cheering him on.
Albert Bartlett 2.50
I really like Thyme Hill, he has that bit of class about him. You’ve got to be a real strong stayer and know how to battle to get anywhere in this race.
He has had those battles, he finished second 12 months ago in the Champion Bumper. I think the one who might put it up to him is Ramses De Teillee.
He’s a past Welsh National second and knows how to battle and stay. That’s what you’re going to need here, but I do think Thyme Hill’s class might just get him through.
Gold Cup 3.30
I’ve always felt Clan Des Obeaux would be the one, he’s been trained all season with this in mind.
I’ve been down to Paul’s [Nicholls] yard a number of times this season and I can’t believe how well the horse has looked. He’s a lot stronger and he’ll be ready for this.
He has the perfect profile and I think it will be between him and last year’s winner Al Boum Photo. You need a horse that is really going to stay and the more it dries out the more it edges Clan Des Obeaux’s way.
We don’t have a runner here but Shantou Flyer looks to have a great chance for David Maxwell who puts a lot into the game.
Two others I’ll be keeping an eye on is Don Poli who is trained by Nick Pearce and ridden by our amateur Tristan Durrell. It’s going to be a massive day for them both and I wish them all the luck.
The same for Kalabaloo who runs for Tom Ellis and Gina Andrews, she’s a tough mare and we’ll be cheering on Gina.
Two Taffs 4.50
We have two in the Grand Annual – I’m on Two Taffs and Bridget rides Marracudja.
Mine has cheekpieces on and we just felt that a fast run two miles on a real stiff track might just be worth having a go at.
He’ll love it if they go really hard from the front and the race falls into his lap a bit. He’s in great form at home and I don’t think we’ve had him in better condition this season.
Marracudja has been whacked by the handicapper for running so well in a Grade One last time out but it would be fantastic if he could go and pick up some money.
Flash The Steel 5.30
Will Marshall takes the ride in the Martin Pipe and this has been the plan since his Silver Trophy performance where he beat Imperial Aura.
That form looks really, really good now. He’s got cheekpieces on for the first time, but conditions will suit and he should run a big race.