Skelton improver to take the honours in Classic Chase

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By James Daly

Tomorrow’s Grade 3 Classic Handicap Chase over 3 miles 5 furlongs at Warwick saw last year’s winner One For Arthur go on to win the Grand National.

Whether we will see this year’s National winner in the field is open to doubt, but Dan Skelton’s Sir Mangan looks an interesting contender, if taking up the entry. Although a ten year old, he has not been over raced and took a class 2 handicap chase at Bangor readily, back in November last year.

He has been kept fresh since then by Skelton, presumably with this race in mind, and with the trip and the ground likely to be in his favour too, it all points to a big run from Sir Mangan at a reasonable price. Of the other possible runners in the race, Krackatoa King has been performing well this season and trainer Kerry Lee is in good form, so you could see him running his usual honest race, without quite being good enough.

Nigel Twiston Davies’s Cogry was very disappointing in the Ladbrokes Trophy (formerly the Hennessey) at Newbury, but this is a lesser task and the nine-year-old did win nicely at Cheltenham in October last year and finished second in last season’s Scottish Grand National. He could be worth a small each way saver, particularly if the ground did not ride too heavy.

Kempton’s Lanzarote Hurdle tomorrow is always competitive, but it would not be a total surprise to see Dan Skelton go close in this Listed race with another improver in Spiritofthegames.

Photo– Jeannie Knight