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Harry Skelton intends to resume race-riding on Thursday after feeling it prudent to take a few days off to recover fully from a couple of falls.
He was last in action at Newbury on Saturday, when he took a tumble from Falcon Sun at the third-last flight in a handicap hurdle.
“I had a couple of little falls that caught me out a little bit, so I thought I’d take the sensible approach,” the jockey told Sky Sports Racing.
“When you’ve got good people around you – Dan (trainer, brother), Bridget (Andrews, jockey and partner) and dad (Nick Skelton) – saying we’re a week away (from Cheltenham) be sensible and be 110 per cent.
“I had to sit Sunday out because of suspension. We don’t have any entries Tuesday or Wednesday so I thought it might be the best thing to do.
“The physios have been absolutely fantastic.”
Skelton expects to have a busy time for his brother’s stable next week, when his rides are likely to include Beakstown in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, Notwhatiam in the Pertemps Final, Spiritofthegames in the Plate and Crucial Role in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
He added: “We’ve been lucky to have some winners there. It’s the Olympics of our sport and those four days are what it’s all about. I just want to be 110 per cent. I’m back racing on Thursday.”
Skelton is a clear second in the jump jockeys’ championship with 145 winners, 33 behind Richard Johnson, who is also sidelined for a few days.