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Dan Skelton is feeling fine and Dandy about his best season yet as a trainer

DAN SKELTON is feeling fine and Dandy about his best season yet as a trainer.

But like cartoon classic Dan in the comic, he is desperate ... to cap it all with his first Cheltenham winner.

Skelton and his jockey brother Harry are two of jumping's rising stars and they will fire a 20-horse salvo at the Cotswolds in a determined bid to get on the Festival scoreboard.

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In just his third season as a stable boss Skelton reached his best total yet with winner No 74 — Meet The Legend at Newbury on Saturday who beat former mentor Paul Nicholls' 8-15 favourite Emerging Talent.

Many reckon swashbuckling Skelton's best chance of a Festival winner is exciting Three Musketeers in the £130,000 JLT Novices Chase on Thursday.

Skelton, 30, told me: "Three Musketeers is an attractive eachway price of 16-1 against the 7-2 favourite Bristol De Mai.

"He won by over four lengths at Newbury at the Hennessy meeting but disappointed in his next race at Cheltenham.

"I'm not making excuses but he did have sore shins. He is much better now and, despite his last run, the positive note to take out of the race was that he can handle the fences at Cheltenham.

"Three Musketeers may have sneaked in under the radar."