John aims to be the
real deal at Leicester
DAN SKELTON has made a flying start to his training career and will be hoping that John Reel can build on his emphatic success last time out with a win in the 2m Knighton Novices' Hurdle at Leicester today (1.00).
Skelton has saddled ten winners from 56 runners since starting out as a trainer this season including John Reel, who was a nine-length winner at Southwell on his last start.
Speaking in the Weekender on Wednesday, Skelton said: "He left us scratching our heads after his first run for me at Uttoxeter and while he was still novicy he was a lot better last time.
"I have no doubt he will be better with experience and time and he can improve again with his jumping."
Racing also takes place at Clonmel, Wolverhampton, Wincanton and Market Rasen on Thursday although the Market Rasen meeting is subject to an 11.30am inspection due to the threat of high winds.
Noel Fehily has a 7-22 record in chases for Charlie Mann at Market Rasen in the last ten seasons (+£9.92 to £1 level stakes). He rides Duke of Monmouth at 1.20.
Pointer provided by Raceform Interactive
Leicester: Chase - good to firm, good in places and good to soft on the Flat course crossing; Hurdles - good to soft, good in places
Market Rasen: Chase - soft; hurdles - good to soft
Wincanton: good, good to firm in places in the back straight