Bio: Dan Skelton is, of course, the eldest son of Olympic showjumper Nick Skelton and, after nine years as assistant trainer to Paul Nicholls, set up on his own at Lodge Hill near Alcester, Warwickshire in 2013.


Skelton saddled 27 winners in his first season, but dramatically increased that total to 73 in 2014/15, 104 in 2015/16, 118 in 2016/17 and 156 in 2017/18. In those last three seasons, he amassed over £1.2 million, over £1.3 million and £1.7 million, respectively, and his astonishing success has continued into the 2018/19 season. In fact, at the time of writing, he has already saddled 92 winners – exactly double the number trained by his nearest rival, Peter Bowen – and leads the National Hunt Trainers’ Championship by the proverbial country mile or, in strict pecuniary terms, by just over £300,000.


All in all, Skelton has saddled over 500 winners in the National Hunt sphere, including two at the Cheltenham Festival. Coincidentally, both successes came in what is arguably the most competitive handicap hurdle of the season, never mind the Festival, the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle, courtesy of Superb Story, ridden by younger brother Harry, in 2016 and Mohaayed, ridden by Bridget Andrews, in 2018.


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