The top trainer at Market Rasen Racecourse for the last two seasons has his sights on jump racing’s most valuable prizes of September.
Midlands-based Dan Skelton has taken the Lincolnshire track by storm since becoming a trainer in his own right after working as assistant to ten times champion Paul Nicholls.
The racing highlights at Market Rasen on Saturday, 30th September are the £50,000 Listed 188 Bet Prelude Steeple Chase and the £35,000 Listed 188 Bet Prelude Hurdle, on the richest jump racing card in Britain this month.
Dan Skelton, who leads the trainers’ championship nationwide for the 2017/18 season, said:
Red Tornado is being aimed for the Prelude Hurdle.
He added that he has the Prelude Chase in mind for Work In Progress.
Red Tornado is a horse very familiar to visitors to Market Rasen Races. He won the Listed Betfred TV Summer Hurdle on Ladies’ Day last year and – on his latest outing – was runner-up in the corresponding race two months ago.
The trainer could have as many as three horses in the race, but has yet to decide on the other participants.
Seven-year-old Work In Progress has already won two novice chases at the Lincolnshire track this summer and, after another victory at Uttoxeter Racecourse last time, is now going for four wins in a row.
The horse that defeated Red Tornado in this year’s Summer Hurdle is Welsh-trained John Constable. He is also a possibility for the 188 Bet Prelude Hurdle, but trainer Evan Williams’ first choice is next month’s Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket, the only race in Britain to be run between two counties – Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
To mark 188 Bet Prelude Raceday, the racecourse is teaming up with Fiskerton’s Ferry Ales Brewery to offer visitors a special treat. The Brocklesby Lawn will host a Beer Festival, including real ales.
A special advance only ticket promotion is being offered – two Tattersalls admission badges for £26 (£18 each on the day). The code to use online or by telephone on the tickets hotline, 0344 579 3009, is BEER17.
More details can be found about racing and tickets bought in advance at The Jockey Club website. Racing starts at 2.10pm on Saturday, 30th September, with gates open two hours before. Adult tickets are from £9 in advance, with accompanied children admitted free of charge.