Skelton readies two-mile stars for Sandown

Dan Skelton is lining up a dual challenge at Sandown with both Nube Negra and Third Time Lucki due to run at the Esher track on Saturday.

Nube Negra is one of the leading lights for the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase after impressing with a six-length victory in the Shloer Chase on his seasonal bow at Cheltenham earlier this month.

He is set to clash with the Willie Mullins-trained Chacun Pour Soi in what promises to be a fine renewal of the two-mile feature.

Third Time Lucki has impressed with two Cheltenham victories
Third Time Lucki has impressed with two Cheltenham victories (David Davies/PA)

Meanwhile, stablemate Third Time Lucki could try to make it three wins in as many chase outings this term in the Close Brothers Henry VIII Novices’ Chase on the same card.

The six-year-old won at Cheltenham’s meetings in October and November, booking a possible ticket for the Sandown Grade One heat.

Skelton said: “Nube Negra worked well on Saturday morning and he is definitely going.

“Third Time Lucki will join him on the lorry and hopefully run in the Henry VIII.”

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