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HARRY SKELTON: Kempton and Uttoxeter Preview

It wasn’t to be on the final day of the Festival, with L’Eau Du Sud running a cracker in the County Hurdle but just bumping into one on the day,writes HARRY SKELTON.

All in all though we had a pretty spectacular Cheltenham with four winners. It was brilliant to partner Langer Dan, Unexpected Party, Grey Dawning and Protektorat to victory. Their success is all down to the tireless work of the staff at the yard and I’m thrilled for everyone involved. Cheltenham is the biggest stage of all and to have four winners is a fantastic achievement for everyone and so important for the yard.

More thoughts below …..

Cheltenham is over for another year, but the racing doesn’t stop and I’m at Kempton for six rides, while we also have runners at Uttoxeter.




Boombawn has had a bit of a winter break, and goes here fresh and this is a race we’ve had in mind for him for a while. Conditions will suit him and we’re hopeful of a good run – we’ve put in plenty of work at home.

Kateira is taking her chance here having had a couple of hard races back in the autumn on soft ground which she doesn’t enjoy so we decided to give her a bit of a break through the winter with hopes of a good campaign this spring. This run should blow away the cobwebs for when the ground dries out a bit later down the line.

West Balboa won at Aintree on testing ground in the autumn but it seemed a hard race and she has taken while to get over it. She’s been a little bit disappointing since then, but she seems to be in good form at home. She’s got top-weight which could prove difficult but we’re hopeful of a good run.

FLEGMATIK – 2.45pm Kempton

He absolutely loves the track, ran very well last time in a competitive handicap chase. I think the drop back to two and a half miles won’t be a problem and we’re hopeful he can go well again on a course he loves.


Shakeyatailfeather was unlucky to get brought down last time at Doncaster but has been absolutely fine since then and has done plenty of schooling. How she fares here we will see, we’re yet to learn more about her. Hopefully, as we enter the spring, she’ll be a mare with a fruitful campaign ahead of her. Sometimes it’s the case with mares that there is improvement just around the corner and that could be the case here.

Cher Tara was unlucky to unseat her rider last time out at Warwick and she’d be the same as Shakeyatailfeather in the sense that she wants ground conditions a little better to really see improvement and hopefully, she’ll get that further down the line.

HITCHING JACKING – 3.55pm Kempton

He had a nice run the last day over a two-and-a-half-mile trip at Doncaster and the step up to three miles will suit him well. He’s definitely been a horse that we’ve wanted to keep on better ground if we can, so we will be very much looking forward to his campaign come the spring when the weather brightens up a bit. If he improves on his last run and steps up again here, he should run well.

BE AWARE – 4.30pm Kempton

This a horse we really like. He did it very well last time around Newbury and then ran a solid race around Lingfield and just got beat there. Arguably, had I done things a little differently that day we could’ve come out on top there but he gave a lot of weight away to the winner and ran a bit green going into the last. Further down the line he’s a horse to keep an eye out for, especially when he goes chasing.

TAILORMAN – 5.05pm Kempton

This is an outsider I’m picking up for Ian Williams in the bumper. He ran well at Hereford on his debut but I don’t know an awful lot about him to be honest. It was a promising effort on the last day, though, and should he step forward from that he could be competitive.


SANTOS BLUE – 1.50pm Uttoxeter

The ground was too quick for him the last day at Ascot, so the soft ground here won’t be a problem. Ben [Sutton] gets on well with him as his regular rider, so I’d like to think he can be competitive here.


This is a very valuable handicap hurdle so we’re running three here. The first isSeefin who has been really progressive and done everything we’ve asked from him really. He keeps creeping up in the weights, but he comes in at a nice racing weight and he stays well and will handle the ground. It remains to be seen whether or not the handicapper has got a hold on him.

Gwennie May Boy was a winner at Bangor on his debut for us where he ran nicely, beating a stablemate of his. We couldn’t have been happier with him that day and he comes into the race with a nice, light weight and handles soft ground. He’s in good form at home but would have to step up again in this testing ground with the weight he’s been given.

Punta Del Este steps up to three miles here and we’re trying out the tongue-tie this time which might just help him a little bit. He just stopped quite quickly the last day and we weren’t really sure why. He did win up at Haydock and the handicapper did have his say after that run so it might be hard for him here, but it is a valuable race so we’re having a go and hopefully he can run well.

Good luck,




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