Dan Skelton’s horse’s have been running well he notched 7 winners between Thursday and Saturday. It is worth keeping an eye on the yard over the coming days.
DEFI DU SEUIL looks on course for the Tingle Creek next month after picking up a solid win today with a solid test against POLITOLOGUE. After the Tingle Creek probably the aim will be the Ryanair at the festival.
BATTLEOVERDOYEN looks a beast of a horse over fences. He had it easy on his chase debut but was given a good test up against ANYSECONDNOW today and came out on top, He looks like a proper 3 mile chaser so I would imagine will probably go to the RSA Chase at the festival.
The move of YANWORTH to Edna Bolger was a shock for me, I always saw him as a quality hurdler and he has gone backwards since chasing. He dealt with the cross country course at Punchestown well today though and so the aim will probably be a run around Cheltenham before returning at the festival for a battle with Grand National hero TIGER ROLL. DIESEL D’ALLIER looked good in the cross country race at Cheltenham today so will have his say in that no doubt.
The Arkle Trial was disappointing today PUT THE KETTLE ON won the race carrying less weight but AL DANCER , GETAWAY TRUMP and ROUGE VIF were disappointing that is not to take it away from the winner but the Irish should hold a strong position to win the Arkle this season if those three are up there with the best the British have.
GUMBALL’s runner up in the Greatwood caught the eye today, he has always looked a nice animal with real promise showing a lovely turn of foot during his novice days. This season though he has improved producing good runs over both codes, he is a much better animal out in front or prominently ridden at least. He was held up today and came off the pace well. It will be interesting to see where he goes after today.