The dramatic victory of Sam Red & Will Marshall in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham gave Team Skelton the 100th winner of the current season, and in doing so broke the record for the earliest 100 ever trained. Previously held by 15-time Champion Trainer Martin Pipe, the record has stood since 2001 when Mr Pipe trained 100 winners by 3rd November.
Off the back of a whirlwind Summer which has included several four-timers for the team, it has been a mammoth effort from all concerned and Dan & the team were touched to receive congratulations from the great man himself.
This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a fabulous team of owners or the dedication of our hard working staff at home, so our thanks go out to everyone who has played their part in this magnificent feat!
Following Friday’s celebrations however there was no time for complacency over the weekend, with runners at Cheltenham & Aintree and team were delighted to see Molly The Dolly get off the mark over fences at the first time of asking at the latter on Sunday. Jumping & travelling well, she stayed on gamely after the last to see off the challenge of Traditional Dancer by two lengths.
With a blank day on Monday, it was back to business on Tuesday as the team headed to Bangor & Chepstow. In an exciting 40 mins for members of the Surrey Racing syndicate, their Anytime Will Do & Potters Approach made a it a quick across the card double. Racing under a penalty following his previous Uttoxeter win, Anytime Will Do remains unbeaten under Rules when taking the opening novices’ hurdle at Bangor by half a length. A short while later in the novices’ handicap chase at Chepstow, Potters Approach scored on his second start for Team Skelton seeing out the 3m2f trip strongly under Bridget Andrews.
We look to have a busy week ahead with plenty of entries all over the country, and tomorrow send three runners at Fakenham as West To The Bridge makes his hurdling debut, Ezanak runs in the handicap hurdle and Zamparelli reappears following a decent return to action an Ffos Las last time.