Second honeymoon for magical Harry Skelton: jockey compares winning both Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase and the Betfair Triangle Creek Chase to his wedding day
- Jockey Harry Skelton won both grade one chases at Sandown on Saturday
- The 31-year-old is now a title contender and rides for his brother Dan Skelton
- Dan advised his brother to be ‘patient’ in pursuit of his goals and success
Harry Skelton was last night celebrating his best ever day in the saddle as his landed both grade one chases at Sandown.
After he followed winning the Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase on Allmankind with victory Politologue in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase, the 31-year-old jockey said only marrying his fellow wife Bridget ranked higher.
Skelton said: ‘Marrying my wife was pretty good but this is a close second. It was a magic 45 minutes. It’s a day I will never forget.’
Harry Skelton rode Politologue to victory at the Sandown Park Racecourse on Saturday
Skelton also rode Allmankind to victory at the Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase
Skelton is flying high now and a title contender riding for his trainer brother Dan, trainer of Allmankind. But there was a time when he started out as a jump jockey with Politologue’s trainer Paul Nicholls when it looked like a promising career might stall.
That experience made yesterday’s wins even sweeter.
Skelton added: ‘I rode eight winners one season and thought the whole world was going to end. But it is a rough and tough game. Paul has always said to me be patient and take your time. The afternoon I have had makes every single hardship worthwhile.’
Allmankind, an uncontrollable tearaway on the Flat, has been reformed by jumps. Yesterday’s win was his second at the highest level for the Skelton team having won the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow last season.
His long-term aim is the Arkle Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March here Politologue will try to retain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.
Trainer Dan Skelton advised his Jockey brother to ‘be patient’ in his pursuit of his goals
The Nicholls-trained chaser beat stablemate Greaneteen seven lengths to land his second Tingle Creek Chase. His task was made easier by the withdrawal of ante-post favourite Altior.
But Nicholls said: ‘We were looking forward to taking on Altior. The last time they met there was a length and three-quarters between them in the Champion Chase two years ago and we think we have got this horse a lot better now.’
Nicholls said Politologue’s only possible race before the Festival will be the Clarence House Chase at Ascot at the end of January.
Having withdrawn Altior to avoid ground which he believed would give him a harder than ideal on his seasonal comeback, trainer Nicky Henderson looks like pointing him to the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on December 27.