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Dan Skelton had a season most would have been happy with in 2019-20 with his 119 winners collecting just short of £1.5 million in prize money and there will no guessing that the highly ambitious Alcester trainer will want to better that total this time around.
In truth, the 2018-19 season had brought Skelton even loftier awards with 205 winner and over £2.3 million in prize money and he will be eager to return to such plains in the none too distant future.
Captain Chaos was one of the stars with a demolition of his rivals in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in February and he is eagerly awaiting the return of Nube Negra who went close to winning the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown in December and was also second in the Grade 2 Kingmaker at Warwick the following month.
Oldgrangewood was one for whom the nod went the right way in a valuable handicap chase at Newbury in November and the Grade 3 Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in January and Allmankind was one to earn Grade 1 status when landing the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in December.
Skelton has plenty of ammunition in the novice hurdler turned novice chaser division and he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those for which he has high hopes this season.