Red-hot Dan Skelton attacks Ascot with 64-1 double

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There’s plenty of exciting racing to look forward too on Sunday! There’s five meetings in store, including Ascot, Doncaster, Limerick, Naas and Carlisle. The Naas card also includes the Grade 3 Park Express Stakes and the Listed Devoy Stakes.

We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, but this article will be focusing on a trainer in red-hot form. Dan Skelton has his string in incredible fettle and he also has a great record at Ascot this season. He sends a pair of runners to the Berkshire venue on Sunday and you can find all the details below.

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Untouchable Skelton

Ascot has been a very happy hunting ground for Dan Skelton this term, with six winners from a total of fifteen runners at the venue. That 40% strike-rate has returned a very healthy profit of £30.28 to level stakes and both his runners on Sunday look to have excellent claims.


2.45 Ascot – Leylak

He’s yet to strike in three hurdling starts, but Leylak has shown enough ability to suggest he can be winning races in time. Formerly trained on the flat by Mick Halford, he’s reached the frame in two of his three hurdling outings. He posted his best effort at Newbury on debut where he was perhaps unlucky not to win, fluffing his lines at the last which cost him crucial momentum.

Two subsequent efforts haven’t seen improvement on that figure, with a recent fifth at Southwell a disappointing run. He’s capable of far better than that, however, and the better ground may help matters today. Cheekpieces are added and if he improves for that addition, he’s unlikely to be far away under Harry Skelton.


3.20 Ascot – Marracudja

Now a ten-year-old, Marracudja has been running with plenty of credit this term. His best effort of the season came three starts ago, finishing a close third at Wetherby off a pound higher than today’s rating. Below form at Hereford subsequently, he walked over to collect £15,640 at Kempton in the Silver Bowl last weekend.

He’ll actually have to face rivals on this occasion, but he’s on a very dangerous rating on his 2019/2020 form and today’s better ground won’t inconvenience him. Harry Skelton has rode him just once this term and it was at Wetherby, so his presence in the saddle is another positive. Below his last winning mark and facing some out of form rivals, there’s plenty to like about his chances.


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