Harry Skelton: Hopefully third time lucky for Ch’tibello in the Kingwell

Grosvenor Sport Harry Skelton

It was disappointing to lose Wincanton to the weather last weekend but the safety of horses and everybody involved in putting on the meeting remains the main priority.

Of course it was a shame, but the weather is a part of the game we love so much and we just have to continue to keep the horses ticking along at home until it clears.

At this stage of the season all horses are fit and raring to go, so it’s up to us to just continue doing what we are doing at home and keep them in that routine.

It’s obviously frustrating but it’s the owners who get it the worst. They are in this sport to watch their horses run and when they can’t it requires a lot of patience which they give us.

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Kempton, Saturday

Ch’tibello – 2.25

It’s great to see the Kingwell Hurdle moved to Kempton this weekend. Ch’tibello has finished second in the race twice so it would be great to make it third time lucky.

He is in really good order at home and we are looking forward to running him. The ground won’t be an issue and it would be great for him to get his day and give the owners a reason to cheer.

West Cork – 3.02

He has improved nicely this season but this will be a bit of a test of his credentials. The handicapper felt his win at Huntingdon last time out was worth him going up 12lbs which seems a little harsh.

We will find out on Saturday whether he is up to the task. I think we could see him at his best on better ground, so we wouldn’t want any more rain.

Romain De Senam – 3.35

It’s always nice to get a ride for Paul [Nicholls] and he does so well on these Saturday cards that you know you always have a chance.

He has had a nice break having been off since finishing fourth at Newton Abbott in May. However, he was in great form prior to that so hopefully he will run well.

Wolverhampton, Sunday

It was great of the BHA and Wolverhampton to put on a ‘jumpers bumpers’ card on Sunday as it just gives everybody the chance to get onto a racecourse after a few frustrating weeks.

As I mentioned earlier, owners have been really patient and though it’s not exactly what they signed up for, it gives them a chance to come out and see their horses.

I have five rides and all should handle the surface okay, if I had to choose one it would be Longhouse Sale (3.00pm).

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