Jockey Harry Skelton
Harry Skelton is a British Jump jockey who is another jockey who comes from a racing background is older brother Dan Skelton is a successful trainer and is father was involved in Equestrian sports, becoming a successful show jumper having failed in his attempt to be a jump racing jockey.
He started his career in 2006 but didn’t register a winner from only nine rides, but managed two victories the following season from 40 rides.
It’s taken time and patience for him to get the wheels in motion and it was only as recent as 2015 that the number of winners started to flow.
He recorded 83 wins from 386 rides in the 2015 season, 96 last year from 489 rides and currently in the 2017 calendar year (not championship title race) he has registered 100 winners from 391 rides and that represents a very impressive 26% win strike rate, and although that percentage is likely to decrease before the year is over, it still makes very good reading at this stage of the season.
So, he is clearly on the upgrade, reflected by where he currently stands in the title race, which is in the number two spot behind Richard Johnson.
With 25 pattern races under his belt there is surely more to come, but his aim will be to win more grade one races as he just has the one victory in that department and much will depend on his older brother getting better quality horses and who provides him with the majority of his rides.
The supporting cast however, can also help out as multiple former champion trainer Paul Nicholls has used his services, whilst Ian Williams, Roger Buckler and Caroline Bailey often give him a leg up when he is available.
The tracks where he rides well are as follows; Uttoxeter (31 wins) Southwell (28 wins) Market Rasen, Worcester, Warwick, all three with 27 wins and finally Fontwell with 25 wins,
Here are some worthwhile stats for betting purposes.
Please note records are based on a level staking plan to one Euro or Sterling per bet at SP (Industry prices).
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: C Bailey
Bets: 47 Wins:12 Win Strike Rate: 26% P/L +27.50
Race Type: Handicap Hurdle
Trainer: L Hill
Bets: 30 Wins:6 Win Strike Rate: 20% P/L +23.22