Grosvenor Sport racing ambassador Harry Skelton has given his thoughts on My Drogo and Roksana ahead of their races at Ascot this weekend.
First up on Friday, My Drogo runs in the Supreme Trial Novices’s Hurdle and is one to look out for following his winning start over timber at Newbury recently.
On Saturday, Harry takes Grade-1 winning mare Roksana into the Long Walk Hurdle where she goes up against former winners Thistlecrack, Paisley Park and The Worlds End as well as rising stars Thyme Hill and Main Fact.
She scored over three miles on her October comeback at Wetherby, and without the 7lb penalty here that she’s carried over the last two years, should not be underestimated. You can hear Harry’s thoughts on both below:
Harry said: “He did it nicely at Newbury in his first start over hurdles and had a good run in the bumper before that at Cheltenham.
“Stepping up in class quite soon but he’s a horse we’ve always thought a lot of.
“The schoolings been good since and he won’t mind the soft ground.
We see him very much as a chaser in the making but he’s a horse we really like.”
Harry said: “We’ve been very happy with her, she’s been working well and schooling great. We’re very much looking forward to running her.
“She did it well at Wetherby. She won’t mind the soft ground and this year she loses that 7lb penalty she got for winning at the festival and with the mares allowance its bringing her right into play.
“We’re under no illusions how competitive the race is on Saturday, it’s a very very good race but we’re looking forward to running her and she should run well.”