The winner of the Cheltenham International meet is 7-1 (from 8-1) to chase Turners Novices’ in March with Paddy Power. Popular Bob Ollinger missed Saturday’s race
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Dan Skelton has outlined what needs to be “settled” with the Cheltenham Festival, I hope Mae Drogo.
Although winning the Bearrene.com hunts beginners down with ease, trainer thinks a six-year-old needs a little more experience.
The first-class winner knocked out Harry Skelton in a fantastic two-sprinter race on his previous start on the track.
And the bettors who took odds of 2-9 on Saturday freaked out when he made a mistake at the 10th fence, before running around to get close to the last 4th fence.
Since then, My Drogo has sealed his class in the competition and has emerged with a strength of seven lengths.
Skelton is already planning to get the smart type back on the track on New Years Day, before chasing Turners Novices at the 2022 festival.
Paddy Power goes 7-1 (from 8-1) for that mission.
“We are not afraid of his management and we have to give him more experience,” said Skelton.
“Visually (his jump) isn’t silky and we can all agree on that. It’s the outcome that counts.
“He’s a little horse on the edge and that’s what it’s like at home. Every day is a competition for him.
“His jumping and technique are excellent. I think when he’s a little further away when Harry encourages him, he’s thinking, ‘Let’s go as far as we can go’.”
“He considers this a game and it’s not serious yet. It’s something we have to settle and the first thing we have to do is get a few runs from under it.
Keep Your Dreams (5-1) Carrying a late shipment of Song For Someone in Class 2 Unibet International Hurdle.
El Khaid handed coach Nigel Twiston-Davis a fifth win in the former Stable Star race that The New One excelled at.
Blazing Khal jumped to the head of Albert Bartlett’s Buddy Power Market by extending his undefeated streak over hurdles to three.
Jelino smoothly defeated Bello again to become the favorite 5-1 (from 8-1) in the March event.
“There is no end to his stamina, after the last time he took off and I was still there too early,” says jockey Donal McInerney.
“He is very good and I am very fortunate to ride like him.”