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Unexpected Party

Horse Form Profile

Age: 9 years

Trainer: Dan Skelton

Owner: O'Reilly Maclennan Tynan Carthy Shanahan

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Course Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
Ascot 2 1 0 0
Ayr 1 0 0 1
Bangor-on-Dee 1 0 0 0
Cheltenham 6 0 1 1
Chepstow 1 1 0 0
Exeter 1 0 1 0
Leicester 1 0 1 0
Sandown 2 0 0 1
Southwell 1 0 1 0
Wetherby 2 1 1 0
Distance Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
1m 7f 99y 1 0 0 0
1m 7f 119y 1 0 0 1
1m 7f 182y 1 0 1 0
2m 145y 1 0 0 0
2m 2f 175y 1 0 0 0
2m 3f 48y 1 0 1 0
2m 3f 58y 1 1 0 0
2m 3f 98y 1 1 0 0
2m 3f 168y 1 0 0 0
2m 4f 25y 1 0 1 0
2m 4f 44y 1 0 0 0
2m 4f 110y 1 0 0 1
2m 4f 127y 2 0 0 1
21f 2 0 1 0
2m 5f 56y 2 1 1 0
Going Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
Good 6 0 4 1
Good To Soft 4 1 0 1
Heavy 1 0 0 0
Soft 7 2 1 1
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Jockey / Trainer
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3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Unexpected Party

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Delicate in younger days but he had some useful form in Graded chases last season and started this one with a Chepstow win (2m3f) in October; laid fallow through midwinter but he dropped down the weights and gave a near-copybook display back over 2m in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (soft) where he raced prominently and rarely conceded ground at the fences before going on to beat progressive rivals; up 8lb but unexposed at 2m.

6/1

1st

11

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart efforts in defeat over fences last season and came good in Chepstow Listed race (extended 2m3f, soft) on reappearance; has found life tough in strong handicaps and Graded company since but he has been cut some slack by the handicapper as a result.

14/1

9th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Has been chasing since November 2022, sole win coming in 2m3f Listed race (soft) in October this term; often highly tried but he never seriously threatened when third off much the same mark in this race last year, his only previous handicap chase, and he wasn't in peak form last two outings.

14/1

1

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

13:50 Sandown

Unexpected Party

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Started season well with Listed novice win at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) and respectable fifth in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham, but two runs since have been disappointing and Harry Skelton jumps ship to ride Heltenham.

10/1

1

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Unexpected Party

11st 9lb

T: Dan Skelton