Who To Follow At Wetherby On Saturday

Wetherby - October 29 2021
Wetherby 14:05
Harry Skelton

Shan Blue

Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton
Age: 7
Weight: 11-3
OR: 148
Days: 204

The feature race of the day in the UK from Wetherby is the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase and Shan Blue for Dan and Harry Skelton should go close.

Having been a fair hurdler, last season he took his form to the next level by making his chase debut at Wetherby in October over 2m4f going on to win by 14 lengths.

Off the back of that he went back to Wetherby over the Charlie Hall Chase course and distance for the first time in his career and went on again to win by 16 lengths.

He showed clear stamina that day and his biggest asset is how well he jumps a fence, which made the Skelton's happy enough to send him to Kempton for the Grade On Kauto Star Novices' Chase.

He took on some nice horses including The Big Breakaway and blew them away in the final stages, jumping his rivals into submission.

Next time out he was pitched back into Grade One company at Sandown in the Scilly Isles Chase and although jumping well was outstayed by Sporting John.

Shan Blue went to the Cheltenham festival in the Marsh Novices' Chase and although jumping well to start with and going from the front he was easily passed and outclassed at the shorter trip, with maybe his early season endeavours catching up with him.

He was last seen at the Aintree Grand National meeting when finishing a long way back in second behind Chantry House.

The gelding looks a horse that does his best work at the start of the season and having form over this course and distance could be key to his chances.


Trainer To Follow - Dan Skelton

Dan Skelton is really starting to get going with his stable stars for this season with nice winners at Cheltenham last week and he has some big chances on the Saturday at Wetherby.

He has two key shouts across the day with the first being the exciting mare Molly Ollys Wishes, who drops back into Listed company for her seasonal debut.

Skelton's best shout on the day comes in the feature Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase with Shan Blue already a course and distance winner and known for going well first time out he looks a big threat to the market leader.

Other smaller chances for the handler are

Jockey To Follow - Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke has managed to pick up a handful of nice rides on Saturday which could see him in and out of the winners enclosure.

He starts the day off riding the second favourite Revels Hill in the Handicap Chase who has a live chance if taking to the bigger obstacles.

Another nice chance for him on the day is Clondaw Castle in the Charlie Hall Chase, who showed he stayed the three miles well last season and could do again.

In the lucky last he sits on Quick Draw for Tom Lacey who made a pleasing chase debut earlier in the month and he should come on for that run.