Skelton’s on the Warpath! Top Yard Bids for Incredible 1,460/1 Cheltenham Six-timer
Team Skelton aim for an unforgettable Cheltenham November Six-timer
Dan and Harry Skelton are no strangers to Cheltenham success, having teamed up to plunder some of the premier Jumps track’s top races in recent years. The duo is once again in action for this weekend’s three-day November Meeting, where they have six strong chances in what makes up an incredible 1,460/1 six-timer! Here at Racing Tips, we have assessed the strength of all these runners below.
MY DROGO – (2:20pm Friday, Sss Super Alloys Novices’ Chase)
Considered by many to be the best British-trained novice hurdler in training last season, MY DROGO makes his eagerly anticipated chasing debut in Friday’s 2m4f novices’ chase.
Since finishing a 50/1 second in a bumper here last October, My Drogo has gone an unblemished 4 from 4 over hurdles, his winning sequence culminating in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree back in April where he pulled clear to score by an impressive nine and a half-length margin.
He looks like an extremely exciting recruit to this discipline and with just the two rivals in prospect on Friday should take the world of beating.
THIRD TIME LUCKI – (1:40pm Saturday, From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase)
My Drogo is not the only chasing recruit Dan Skelton unleashes for Cheltenham patrons this weekend, however, as less than 24 hours later THIRD TIME LUCKI makes his second start over the larger obstacles.
A useful hurdler for these connections last season, Third Time Lucki stepped forward markedly on his previously shown form when bolting up over track and trip last month.
He jumped exceptionally that day to see off a smart field, and the form was franked over the weekend courtesy of the runner-up, Buddy Rich’s chase success.
PROTEKTORAT – (2:15pm Saturday, Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase)
One of the stable’s flagbearers, PROTEKTORAT bounced back from a couple of odds-on defeats when landing the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree when last seen.
On figures, however, the now 6yo put up a better performance when landing a novice chase at this meeting last year, where he made all to score by a 17l margin.
He looks set to go off the favourite for Saturday’s Paddy Power Gold Cup, and although a mark of 154 is no gimmie he holds a class advantage over the rest of this field.
PROSCHEMA – (2:50pm Saturday, Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle)
A formerly classy stayer on the flat, PROSCHEMA has looked progressive since sent hurdling for these connections.
He supplemented a course victory gained here in April when going in at Aintree a month later and added weight to the theory that he would ultimately be seen to best effect over 3m+ in this sphere when a creditable second in Grade 2 company at Wetherby last month.
That was just his first attempt over the distance and he drops back to handicap level here on ground which should suit.
NUBE NEGRA – (2:20pm Sunday, Shloer Chase)
NUBE NEGRA was one of the stars of the season for the Skelton’s last term, claiming the scalp of the mighty Altior in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton.
He went on to finish second in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival when just a half-length behind Put The Kettle On, who is expected to reoppose in Sunday’s Shloer Chase.
Nube Negra bombed out in the Punchestown Champion Chase when last seen, but he has a solid record fresh and if back to the level of his Queen Mother second this weekend he should be right in the thick of the action at the business end.
WEST CORK – (2:55pm Sunday, Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle)
The Skelton’s teamed up to land the Greatwood Handicap with North Hill Harvey back in 2016, and the duo will be hoping for further success in the race with WEST CORK on Sunday.
This gelding has produced form figures of 122112 from his starts in point-to-points and over hurdles, his latest run coming in Grade 2 company at Kempton.
That was back in February 2020, and he hasn’t been seen since, so has clearly had his issues, but the handicapper has given him a chance here off a mark of 134 and his connections know what it takes to get one tuned up for a big prize on the back of an absence.