bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle
Grade 2, Wetherby 14:30
£50,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
3m 26y, Class 1   
Saturday 29th October 2022


1 Proschema 9/2
2 Thomas Darby 11/1
3 Threeunderthrufive 11/4
6 ran Distances: 10l, 5½l, ¾l
Time: 5m 57.30s (slow by 11.30s)

Beaten just under three lengths by Indefatigable in the Grade Two affair 12 months ago, Proschema was delivered with a perfectly-timed run to a 10-length verdict over Thomas Darby.

Threeunderthrufive set out to make all in the three-mile contest, with Harry Skelton content to settle Proschema through the early exchanges, biding his time for a run in the straight.

A couple of jumping errors at the fifth and fourth flights from home put Threeunderthrufive under pressure, allowing Thomas Derby to hit the front, but all the while Skelton was stalking the leader and he was fairly cantering down to the last.

When given the signal, the Dan Skelton-trained Proschema accelerated away to claim a stylish success, with 7-4 favourite Sporting John failing to figure.


“I’m delighted and that was sublime from Harry,” said a delighted Skelton.

“I wouldn’t say he was unlucky in this race last year, but we felt he was a better horse coming here today.

“He’s had a few problems with his joints over the years and it’s probably just taken him until now to grow out of those.”

He added: “We’ll probably go to Newbury (for the Long Distance Hurdle), but we’ll keep him away from heavy ground during the winter. He’s a million to one to go for the Long Walk at Ascot and probably a zillion to one to go for the Cleeve at Cheltenham in January.

“We’ll look at Newbury and then Cheltenham and Aintree in the spring.”


Bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle
£50,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 3m 26y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

1     Proschema 7 11-2 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 9/2
10 Thomas Darby 9 11-8 Olly Murphy Aidan Coleman 11/1
Threeunderthrufive 7 11-2 Paul Nicholls A P Heskin 11/4
¾ Sporting John 7 11-6 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 7/4F
nk Oscar Elite 7 11-2 Joe Tizzard Brendan Powell 10/1
Indefatigable 9 11-1 Paul Webber Rex Dingle 9/1

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