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Harry Skelton: Christmas Hurdle looks open this year…

We’re all looking forward to Christmas Day with the family, but it will also be great to get back to racing on Boxing Day.

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Kempton, Boxing Day

South Seas – 12:50

He ran okay at Southwell first time up and had a good horse both in front and behind him. Nicer ground will definitely help him albeit this is a better race.

At least he showed something at Southwell and as long as the enthusiasm is still there he should run well.

Solomon Grey – 1:20 

He’s in good form and the better the ground the better for him. We’re putting cheekpieces on for the first time to sharpen him up a bit.

Obviously we knew last time he wasn’t going to upset Cyrname or Altior, but it was a nice run round and good to pick up some decent prize money. We think he’s still on a competitive mark.

Redzor – 1:55

He ran well at Cheltenham last time and has got some cheekpieces on here. He has to find a few pounds with the top ones, but he jumps and stays. He’s an honest horse and we’re having a go.

Ch’tibello – 2:30

We were really pleased with him at Cheltenham a couple of weeks ago where he was giving away a penalty. He’s come out of that really well hence why we’re coming here.

I’m sure he’ll run his race, he always does. The track should be fine for him and it looks like quite an open race this year which is why we’re having a go.

Fusil Raffles is the obvious favourite as he looked like he needed the run at Wincanton. He’s the one we have to beat, but I’m really looking forward to riding Ch’tibello again, it would be great to get a Grade One winner.

King George

I don’t have a ride in the King George but all the best three milers are in there. Lostintranslation has been very impressive, he’s really gone through the ranks, but I think Clan Des Obeaux is the forgotten horse.

He’s the reigning champion, ran well in Ireland on his reappearance and has had a nice, long preparation for this. Paul [Nicholls] will have left no stone unturned and will have him in top condition.

Cyrname was very good against Altior at Ascot, but this will be his biggest test over three miles and he had a hard enough race at Ascot.

Gortroe Joe – 3:40

He’s a bit in and out to be honest. He ran well at Wetherby, but they went no gallop at Haydock last time which didn’t suit him. He’s definitely well-handicapped and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran very well.

Wetherby, Boxing Day

Bennys King – 2:10 

Bridget goes up to Wetherby to ride him in the Rowland Meyrick and I think he’s got a great chance. He’s come out of Newbury well and should have no problem with the track or trip.

Top Ville Ben is the favourite but he would have had quite a hard race in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle last time. I think our horse will go really well.

Chepstow, Friday

Cook The Books – 12:30

He probably bounced the last time after running well first time up. He’s probably one for handicaps further down the line as he’s quite backward. The ability is there but he has to go and put the last run behind him.

Allmankind – 1:35 

He’s in good form and has done absolutely nothing wrong. The form from Cheltenham has worked out really well with the second and third both going back there and winning.

He looks to have a proper live chance and I’m not too worried about the ground as it was very soft when he won at Cheltenham. He settled better at Cheltenham than at Warwick and he’s relaxing better at home now.

Roksana was my first Grade One winner in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and it would obviously be lovely to ride another one. I’d say this horse is my best chance of a winner over the Christmas period.

Captain Chaos – 2:50

He ran well to be second in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle last time. It’s been quite frustrating with him as he’s been second in the Rehearsal twice and also in last year’s Rowland Meyrick. He deserves to win one. He’ll stay and jump, it’s just whether he’s quite good enough.

Elegant Escape is a worthy favourite. He ran well at Newbury and he’s the class horse in the race.

Clondaw Anchor – 3:25

We’ve been pleased with him, he won well at Lingfield, loves heavy ground and he jumps and stays. Since he’s gone over fences he’s left his hurdles form behind and hopefully he can keep progressing.

The Rosary Flyer – 3:55

We’re not sure if he definitely runs but he’s a nice youngster. This is the first step in his racing life and he’s definitely one for the future.

Newbury, Saturday

Get On The Yager – 2:25

We’re not sure exactly who will be running at Newbury on Saturday yet, but this horse should take his chance in the Mandarin Handicap Chase.

He’s come out of the void race at Sandown well and he was definitely a bit sharper that day. He’d been a bit lacklustre before that, so we’re hoping he can continue to improve.

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I’ll be back with a blog on New Year’s Eve ahead of Cheltenham’s big meeting on New Year’s Day.




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