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Dan Skelton prepares his team for the 2021 Grand National
In-form handler Dan Skelton is aiming to send a strong team to the 2021 Randox Grand National which takes place on April 10th. Skelton managed six winners earlier this week at Stratford and Warwick, therefore he will be aiming to continue the momentum into next week and the Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Dan Skelton has had much success with novices throughout the season thus far and some of these will be heading to the famous Merseyside racecourse for the three-day Grand National meeting.
Third Time Lucki with Harry Skelton in the County Handicap Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham festival
Skelton said: “We’ve got a full team going up, with one in every race and two in a few, so we’re going to give it the full treatment.
“I know the likes of Paul (Nicholls) have saved an awful lot back and there’s a number of trainers who didn’t jump too heavily into Cheltenham this year, so there’s a lot of fresh horses going to Aintree.
“My Drogo runs in the two and a half mile novice (Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle), Third Time Lucki runs in the two mile novice (Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle) and Midnight River will run in the three mile novice hurdle (Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle).
“Shan Blue and Protektorat will run in the two novice chases over two and a half miles (SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase) and three miles (Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase), though I don’t know which one for which yet. Blaklion will go for the Grand National and Elle Est Belle will go for the mares’ bumper (Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race), while we’ve got nothing for the Topham Chase.”
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