August 12, 2022

Favorite Langer Dan set to skip Sandown on Saturday as coach Dan Skelton seeks to maintain the six-year-old recent for the Cheltenham Pageant 

  • Langer Dan solely made his seasonal debut final month after a minor damage
  • The six-year-old is 3-1 favorite for Saturday’s Paddy Energy Imperial Cup
  • Nevertheless, coach Dan Skelton desires to maintain him recent for Cheltenham

Favorite Langer Dan seems more likely to miss Saturday’s Paddy Energy Imperial Cup at Sandown to be stored recent for a shot on the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle on the Cheltenham Pageant.

The six-year-old, educated by Dan Skelton, got here near pulling off the double final season, successful the Imperial Cup by four-and-a-half lengths earlier than solely being overwhelmed by Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs — a horse now being hailed as a possible champion in ready — within the Pageant contest.

Langer Dan is 3-1 favorite for the Imperial Cup however Skelton stated: ‘I’ve given him the choice of working at Sandown however we’re pondering of retaining him recent and going straight to Cheltenham.’

Langer Dan seems more likely to miss Saturday’s Paddy Energy Imperial Cup at Sandown

A minor damage within the autumn meant Langer Dan solely made his seasonal debut final month when he was unplaced at Taunton. Final season Langer Dan narrowly missed out on a £50,000 bonus provided by sponsors Paddy Energy if the Imperial Cup winner went on to win on the Pageant. That’s not being provided this season.

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In the meantime, a compromise has been reached within the row between the British Horseracing Authority and jockeys over the removing of a 3lb allowance which had been in place since Covid precipitated weighing rooms saunas to be closed.

With saunas now closed completely — a transfer being hailed pretty much as good for the bodily and psychological well-being of jockeys — weights throughout the board shall be raised 2lb. Riders will now be allowed 4lb as a substitute of the present 3lb for his or her again protector.