Harry Skelton: The Debrief

Monday 21st

Fancy Stuff ran respectably under a penalty as the extra weight always makes things tough. Herrace at Southwell was run a slow pace which probably didn’t suit. She feels more like a galloping type and she’ll be seen to better effect when she goes over hurdles and steps up to two-and-a-half miles.

Whispering Gypsy ran well. She hadn’t run for quite a while so I think she should be able to improve a little bit from that. She’s a mare that will enjoy the good spring ground and she’s likely to be busy in the coming months. Hopefully she can get her head back in front soon.

It was a much better performance from Boombawn. He clearly enjoyed the better ground, jumped well and won with plenty in hand. He hasn’t been busy through the winter so while this ground is around and there are still plenty of races for him, we’ll keep him on the go.

Tuesday 22nd

It was good to see Reilly eventually get his head in front. He’s a big baby and has needed the runs and experience. One bad run he had came at Bangor on very deep ground, but he much preferred the surface at Wetherby last week. He picked up really nicely in the straight. We’ve always liked this horse and our opinion of him hasn’t changed. Hopefully he’ll go over fences next season.

I hit the crossbar with One For Billy, who went very close but the winner just pulled out a little bit more near the finish. Hopefully he’ll be back to winning ways soon and we’ve got the option of going over fences when we want to.

Hitching Jacking ran exactly as we thought he would. He’s a big, galloping type of horse and he quickened up nicely into the straight, but all he did from there was keep on to the line. He’ll want to go over a trip when he starts off hurdling, but ultimately he’s a three-mile chaser in the making. He’ll go away for his summer holiday now.

Thursday 24th

Heltenham ran well at Chepstow, but I feel he’s still got a bit to learn. He hasn’t had much racing and just needs to learn to settle a little bit. His jumping will get better with time as well. He’s got a nice big frame and I feel that he probably will be best over a fence next season. Hopefully he can improve and strengthen up over the summer and he’ll be one to keep an eye on when he goes chasing.

We like what we see at home from Artemis Kimbo. She’s a strong staying mare and she kept on well to the line. A bit softer ground might have helped her cause as it would have slowed the others down a bit, but it was still a nice introduction. She’ll go hurdling in the autumn.

Friday 25th

West To The Bridge has been absolutely fantastic and I’m delighted for his owner Joe Tierney. It’s very hard to do what he’s done and win four races back-to-back. We see a different horse now to how he was earlier in his career, as he’s settled down a lot and in the past he was probably always keeping a bit for himself. He might not be finished winning yet and I’m sure Dan [Skelton] will pick the right race for him, as he’s placed him very well to win four already this season.

Saturday 26th

Kracka Nut ran with the choke out, was too keen and paid the price in the latter part of his race. He’s better than that and we’ll go hurdling with him in the autumn.

The drop in grade did the trick for Sophia’s Rock. It was great to get his head back in front and hopefully that will do his confidence the world of good.

This week

Keep an eye out for Jeffery’s Cross. He ran well in a maiden hurdle at Southwell at the beginning of the month and we’re hoping for another good performance at Warwick.








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