Harry Skelton’s Cheltenham Friday Preview

It is always nice to be back at the heart of jump racing. Cheltenham’s November meeting is the first three-day meeting of the season – it’s a very big deal. There are two massive handicaps and it’s nice to go there with chances in both.

We have a lot of our big guns running and the horses seem to be in great form at home. We’re looking forward to getting them out there, it’s going to be an exciting few days and it’s brilliant that the crowds are back in full force. Everyone’s going to be up for it, I’m sure the atmosphere will be electric. Bring it on!

Harry’s Friday rides

Hatcher (1.45pm)

He had a good summer and ran nicely over course and distance on his reappearance last month. To be honest, he’s in the grip of the handicapper now, he doesn’t have anything in hand to play with. Hopefully he can pick up some prize money if the ground stays nice.

My Drogo (2.20pm)

We have always liked him and we’ve been very happy with everything he’s done at home. He’s settled down this year, grown up a bit, and he’s had a good autumn in preparation for his first start over fences.

Schooling has gone well, he’s done plenty of work and he only has the one rival to take on in this. We can’t do anything about that, we’re looking forward to getting him started. The race comes at the right time and it will be good to get some experience around Cheltenham. He’s an exciting horse but this is just the start of his season.

Kayf Hernando (3.30pm)

He battled really well and showed a great attitude when winning at Carlisle last month. He looks like he stays very well. This is obviously a step up in grade early on in his career, but we liked what we saw that day and he deserves to have a go at something like this. Gelino Bello looks the one to beat.

Percy’s Word (4.00pm)

My final ride of the day is this lad in a really competitive handicap hurdle. He had a very good summer but wasn’t at his best at Huntingdon last time so we’ve freshened him up a bit since. He has an each-way chance in a wide open race.








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