Nick Skelton inspired a nation when he won Olympic Gold in Rio last year at 58.

This week his sons Dan and Harry will be hoping to champion the Skelton legacy at the Cheltenham Festival.

National Hunt trainer Dan, 31, had his first Festival winner last year with Superb Story, ridden by his 27-year-old younger brother Harry.

‘The boys winning at Cheltenham last year was as big a highlight as winning in Rio,’ says Nick. ‘Dan’s only been training three seasons and to win it as a family with Harry riding made it so emotional.’

For Harry and Dan, their dad is their biggest inspiration. ‘I’m immensely proud of him,’ says Harry. ‘Winning Gold proved to me that if you work hard, you can achieve what you want. I want to do well in my career for myself but it’s more for him. It is how we can give something back. Because everything he has achieved he has put back into us two.’


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