Dan Skelton sends one of his horses to this grade two contest at Wetherby on Saturday over a trip of 2m 3f in the form of The King Of Ryhope. The eight-year-old arrives in good nick, having finished in the top three of every single run he has had in his short career.
He performed well over hurdles to begin with, recording a third-place finish in a G2 Novice at Haydock in February last year before making the switch to fences in October, winning a class three Chepstow Handicap by just under a length to Evan Williams' Can You Call.
He then finished third in a Ffos Las Handicap and now enters graded company for the first time over fences and could run well. This is a big step up in quality, though, so don't expect too much from him. Fergus Gillard is booked to ride.