Harry Skelton: The Debrief

Wednesday 13th

It was much better from Gentle Connections. We put cheekpieces on just to keep her a bit more concentrated. She did it well and quickened up nicely. She obviously enjoys nice ground and we’ll look for a race for her again soon.

Amoola Gold has had a long old season and just needs a bit of a break now. He’ll have a holiday and be back for next season.

Padleyourowncanoe ran okay at Cheltenham. The handicapper is now giving him a bit of a chance and actually dropped him a further five pounds on Tuesday, so hopefully he can drop into a grade where he’ll be winning very soon.

Thursday 14th

There’s something not quite right with Runwiththetide. At the start of the season she looked to be a really promising mare with plenty of improvement in her, but things just haven’t gone right.

I was never happy last week at Exeter, and she didn’t travel like she can. She’ll go on her holidays now and hopefully she will return a different mare next season. She’s only five, so she’s fairly young and hopefully we can get her back to the form that she showed at Chepstow in the autumn, as we know she has plenty of ability.

Saturday 16th

Whispering Gypsy ran a career best. I thought I was going to win running down to the last but her run just flattened out. The winner looks a good mare, so it was a nice effort, and we were very happy with her. She loves decent ground, so she’ll be out again when we find the right races over the summer.

We were happy enough with Destrier, as he hasn’t run as well as that for a long time and he wasn’t beaten that far. I had to stay down the inner and ride my luck for as long as I could as he always goes left under pressure. We might look to go back over fences soon as I think he’s a better horse over the larger obstacles. Hopefully he can build on that good run.

Monday 18th

It was frustrating to get beat on Walk In Clover. She was just doing enough in behind in the early stages so I let her go to the front in the hope that she would relax a bit. I thought I had got first run on the winner, but I just met the last a bit tight and got underneath it, which might have cost us. It was a good run though and I think she’s a mare that will take to a fence in time. That’s what we’ll do next season.

King D’Argent didn’t run badly at all, he just made a mistake three out and got a bit outpaced. It was quite a quick run back after Aintree, but he still performed well. He’s one to keep the faith with and will be winning again soon.

Tristan Durrell has struck up a great partnership with Not That Fuisse and gets a great tune out of him. He’s a bit of a tricky horse, but full of ability. Since he’s gone hunter chasing, he seems to have really enjoyed it. It was a really good run at Fakenham and a good ride from Tristan.

This week

I’m up at Perth tomorrow and ride Galia Des Liteaux in the Listed novices’ hurdle. The form of her third at Ascot in January has worked out nicely and we’re very hopeful of a good run.

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