Our trainer interview with Dan Skelton
If you weren’t a trainer what would you be?
Still an assistant trainer!
Other than horseracing, what is your favourite sport to watch, and to play?
To watch, Cycling. To play, Rugby
Please give us a playlist of your favourite five songs (and artists)
Meat Loaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Dr Hook – Millionaire
The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Andy Williams – I Love You Baby
Your favourite TV programme/film?
TV - Only Fools and Horses. Film – Bad Boys
Steak and Diet Coke
Favourite holiday destination?
Favourite and least favourite subject at school?
Favourite – Design & Technology
Hated – Spanish, R.E and a few others if I’m honest!
Ideal dinner party guest?
What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Del Boy quotes
And now for racing…
How old were you when you first sat on a horse?
Only months old I’m told.
What attracted you to becoming a racehorse trainer?
I love working with horses and the competition of the industry
What is the best horse you have ever been involved with?
Your most memorable racing moment?
Denman winning his second Hennessey after his heart problem is a day I’ll never forget
How many horses will you have in training this season?
Which horse are you most looking forward to training this season and why?
Most of our horses are either lightly raced or even un-raced so all of them really, hopefully one or two can break into the higher ranks.
If you could train any horse, past or present, which would it be and why?
Frankel – he never got beat.
Who is your racing hero and why?
Paul Nicholls as a trainer because he made it work against the odds, never gave up and will never give up.
What are your hopes and ambitions for the future?
I hope to be able to run a successful racing yard and business where horses, staff and owners are all performing and enjoying in equally high measures. My ambition is to have a Festival winner