@TheTWETracker's Three To Follow This Weekend - 31/03/22

James Mackie

Ayr - April 01 2022
Ayr 13:25
2
Harry Skelton

West Cork

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 142
Days: 15

One of the feature events of the afternoon in Scotland on Saturday is the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle and West Cork for the Skelton's looks a class above this field and is worth following.

The eight year old has always been a top hurdler for the yard and this season came back from a setback with a bang landing the Grade Three Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham after over 18 months off the track.

He made a mockery of his mark of 134 and after the win it looked obvious if fully fit, being a top novice hurdler winning good events at Huntingdon twice.

The form of that Greatwood is unbelievable with the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and 14th since going to either win or run credibly in better races.Moved up to a mark of 141 after his win in the Greatwood, he was a fair fifth in a Grade Three Handicap Hurdle at Ascot behind Tritonic.

Since then he was saved for the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival with the yard having a good record in it and West Cork was a superb fourth of 26, not far behind the likes of State Man, First Street and Colonel Mustard.

That looks some of the stand out form heading into this race only being penalised 1lb to a mark of 142 and getting 8lb off the second favourite looks huge.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/12/22KEM20.5Sft11-10PU
16/11/22WAR16.5Sft11-43
01/11/22WAR20GS11-22
07/05/22HAY15.5GS11-10F
02/04/22AYR16GS11-22
Ayr - April 01 2022
Ayr 15:10
5
A P Heskin

Enemy Coast Ahead

J: A P Heskin
T: Olly Murphy
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 10-8
OR: 124
Days: 94

The second selection of the afternoon comes from Ayr is the McNeill family owned and Olly Murphy trained Enemy Coast Ahead who looks primed to land a race like this.

The eight year old was a very smart bumper/novice horse, winning his sole run on the level at Stratford in extremely impressive style, leaving some good horses way back in the field.

He transferred that form over to hurdles finishing second of 22 on hurdles debut before landing a hat-trick of wins at Southwell and Uttoxeter over two miles.

Having suffered a slight set back he was only seen once last term at over course and distance at Ayr when needing the run after a long time off, only beating one home.

Seen twice this term, starting in December he did not handle the heavy ground at Haydock but last time out was a much more pleasing fourth of 11 at Newbury behind Dashel Drasher and next time out winner Beauport.

He is a much better horse than his mark of 124 and now meeting against Bass Rock for a second time, in this event he is receiving weight off the horse having last time been giving him a stone.

Looks to have been placed well.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/12/22KEL22.5Hy11-59
02/04/22AYR21.5GS10-82
29/12/21NBY20.5Sft10-14
01/12/21HAY19Hy11-116
18/04/21AYR21.5Gd11-16
Newbury - April 01 2022
Newbury 13:45
1

Speech Bubble

J:
T: Noel Williams
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: 130
Days: 44

The last selection is from Newbury on Saturday and it comes in their feature race the Grade Two Novices' Mares' Hurdle over 2m 4 1/2f.

The horse we think has a big chance and is the Noel Williams trained Speech Bubble who holds some leading form.

Being a fair bumper horse last term, racing three times and winning on her debut at Ffos Las, she was then sixth of 13 in a strong event and improved from that when last seen on the level to finish behind the Kim Bailey trained Flirtatious Girl for the second time.

Sent over hurdles in November this season for her debut, she was a good second behind a nice type for Jonathan Portman and then up further in trip over this races' course and distance next time out she got off the mark in the qualifier for this event.

The seven year old was last seen finishing a very good second behind the Grade Two Mares' Novices' Hurdle winner at the Cheltenham festival Love Envoi.

Saved for this event since February, she holds a leading chance under Gavin Sheehan.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/04/22AIN20GS10-811
17/02/22SAN20Hy11-22
19/01/22NBY20.5GS11-11
25/11/21LIN19.5GS11-02
13/03/21SAN16Sft11-02