Dan Skelton Runners, Odds And Entries

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Dan Skelton Runners, Odds And Entries

Dan Skelton trained two winners at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, and he’d probably snap your hand off if offered the same return this time around.

Dan Skelton Runners Today

The Gold Cup dream with Protektorat has all but evaporated but the stable’s highest-rated horse would be no back number in a Ryanair Chase, while the stable surely have high hopes for star novice chaser Grey Dawning.

With six Cheltenham Festival winners in the bank, let’s look at the horses most likely to add to that tally.

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Langer Dan/Nurse Susan – Coral Cup - 2.50 Wednesday

Langer Dan was one of the Skelton success stories from last year’s festival thanks to his hard-fought Coral Cup success and connections will surely have him primed for a bold defence.

Now back down to the same mark as he won the race off last year, Langer Dan wasn’t in great form pre-Christmas, but he’ll have purposely been freshened up for his big day.

The yard also has a big Coral Cup contender in progressive mare Nurse Susan, winner of her last two starts, one of which was at Cheltenham in December. 

She’s only had seven career starts so has more upside than many who will line up in the Coral Cup, and she could prove a good bit better than her mark and her latest odds on horse racing betting sites.

Unexpected Party/Frere D’Armes/Pembroke/Calico – Grand Annual Chase - 4.50 Wednesday

Unexpected Party’s form has deteriorated this season but he finished close behind some very talented horses in last year’s Turners and he’ll probably take advantage of his sliding mark at some point. 

The problem is, he’s not guaranteed to get in to the Grand Annual now, unlike Pembroke and Calico. Calico can be found in the top half of the Cheltenham odds for this race.

The last-named has run well at Cheltenham in the past and could go well if getting some nice ground.

Grey Dawning – Turners Novices’ Chase - 1.30 Thursday

A very talented novice chaser who bounced back from his defeat to Ginny’s Destiny at Cheltenham (bad mistake two out cost him) by absolutely thrashing a decent field in the Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick. 

Connections appear to be trying to avoid Fact To File, which means the Turners now looks the more likely destination for a horse that looks well up to Grade 1 level. 

He could easily win and his odds on betting apps reflect this.

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Protektorat – Ryanair Chase - 2.50 Thursday

Two-time Grade 1 winner Protektorat has been the stable’s big gun for a few years.

Although winless in four starts this year, he continues to run to a really high level and connections are surely right to strongly consider running him in the Ryanair rather than in a strong Gold Cup. 

He couldn’t cope with Shishkin at Newbury, but how many of this Ryanair field would have fared any better? 

On soft ground it would be no surprise at all to see him run a big race in the Ryanair but, if he goes to the Gold Cup, he’ll do well to finish in the top six unless there is carnage.

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L’Eau Du Sud – County Hurdle - 2.10 Friday

It hasn’t been plain sailing with the highly regarded L’Eau Du Sud and the wheels came off again at Cheltenham in November, but it was a different story in the Betfair Hurdle, where he posted a career-best effort in defeat. 

Although collared by progressive handicapper Iberico Lord late on, he pulled six lengths clear of the rest and marked himself down as a horse that has a big handicap in him. 

The big question now is, can he back it up? Only time will tell, but the stable’s record in this race (four wins since 2016) is an obvious positive.

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