Harry Skelton is in action this weekend around a racecourse he knows better than anyone, local track Warwick. The in-form jockey has several Saturday rides and took some time out to give us the lowdown ahead of his hometown hurrah.
With four rides on the day for brother and top trainer Dan, the big hope is Amoola Gold, who is expected to go off as favourite for the Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase at 1:15pm.
“His form’s been very good this season and he’s taken a big step forward,” said Harry. “We always thought he was better on better ground but as he’s getting older, he’s handling the softer conditions better and he’s been working very well.”
At 2:25, it’s the Leamington Novices’ Hurdle where Midnight River is a 7/1 fancy among a talented field. A two-time winner of this Grade 2, following success in 2015 on Three Musketeers and again with Beakstown four years later, Harry knows this race inside out and believes this 6-year-old has what it takes to give him win number three.
Captain Chaos is towards the top of the market in the Grade 3 Classic Handicap Chase at 3:00, bidding to go one better than 12 months ago, when she finished runner-up in this very race.
“He’s been a bit out of form and he’s a year older, but the blinkers are back on and he’s only 2lb higher than his winning mark. It’s taken him a few runs to get fired up, but hopefully he can run a good race.”
Last but not least is the well handicapped Ardlethen, a nice 12/1 each way shout in the 3:35 to round off the day – and Harry is looking forward to getting out there.
“I really enjoy riding at Warwick,” Harry continues. “Around there, I think the best horse always wins. It’s a great test of jumping, the five fences down the back are very important and if you can get into a good rhythm, races can be won and lost down there.”
Good luck, hometown Harry!
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*Stated odds correct at time of writing