Dan Skelton wrote his name into racing folklore with a glittering Bank Holiday six-timer which saw him emulate the legendary Martin Pipe and become only the second National Hunt trainer to record 200 winners in a season.
The Warwickshire handler began the day requiring six for the magical landmark, but a 17-1 four-timer at Market Rasen completed by history-maker Montego Grey, all ridden by brother Harry Skelton, and a Plumpton double, partnered by William Marshall, ensured the incredible feat was reached before the season ends on Saturday.
Becoming the first trainer to reach the milestone since 15-time Champion Trainer Pipe is a momentous achievement for Skelton, son of multiple Olympic equestrian gold medallist.
Dan Skelton wrote his name into racing folklore with a glittering Bank Holiday six-timer
Nick, who has managed the breakthrough despite a stoppage this season for equine flu.
The campaign hasn’t solely been about the volume of winners for the Paul Nicholls-protégé though with Ch’Tibello and Roksana combining to give his stable a Cheltenham festival double, with the last-named providing her handler with a first Grade 1 success of his career.
Skelton emulated Martin Pipe and became only the second National Hunt trainer to record 200 winners in a season.