Clarence House Chase: Shishkin is expected to improve again as Nico de Boinville sees no problem with Ascot | Racing news

Shishkin is expected to be better than ever if he takes his place in Clarence House’s duel with Energumene and jockey Nico de Boinville thinks Ascot should be a good fit.

An eight-year-old trained by Nicky Henderson will be working with De Boinville this weekend before they decide to take part in Grade One next Saturday.

Shishkin, who is an 11/10 Champion Chase favorite at the Cheltenham Festival ahead of Willie Mullins’ Energumene (5/2), won the Desert Orchid Chase in Kempton in impressive style last month, but De Boinville thinks there could be more. Come.

In an interview with Sky Sports Racing, De Boinville said: “It was a fantastic feeling and it’s great to see him do it and finally show what he showed us.

“I saw him galloping recently and he seems to be in really good shape. We know what the team is doing at home.”

“There was a lot going on in the lead before the race, whether he ran or not, and in the end we came to the conclusion that we had to run.

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Sky Sports Racing’s Matt Chapman believes Shishkin can’t be defeated, but Patrick Mullins believes Energumene is “as good as anything else”

“It was great to see him turn the mold around at home and produce it on the track.”

“I think he’ll go to that race. It’s not a horse that shows a lot at home, so sometimes it’s hard to guess exactly where he is.”

“He had a nice shot to the last spot in Kempton, which is pretty close to the line, so we were there and such, but I think improvement will come.”

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Coach Kim Bailey says First Flow will not be intimidated by a potential meeting with superstars Shishkin and Energumene at Clarence House.

Asked how Shishkin would probably find the track at Ascot, De Boinville replied, “It should be okay. I think if Energumene comes and First Flow is there, it should be quite simple tactically.”

“Energumene is a very good horse and very talented.”

Dusart is expected to step up after winning Leicester

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De Boinville says exciting budding pursuer Dusart will take it one step further after a satisfactory fighter debut in Leicester earlier this week.

Shishkin’s teammate Dusart triumphantly began his life over fences in Leicester on Wednesday, beating Dan Skelton’s Sail Away for two miles and six furlongs, despite problems with jumping to the left.

De Boinville feels that there can be a lot of improvement from the seven-year-old, who has only started for the third time in his career interrupted by an injury, and expects to take the next step.

“He showed his class in the last half of the race,” said De Boinville. “It was only his third run, so we have to remember that, and when all the fences in the back were removed, he had nothing to arouse his interest.

“It was about doing the job and trying to educate him as much as you could.”

De Boinville added to Dusart’s jumping: “It wasn’t a problem. It was halfway through the plain and the first fence had just appeared and he didn’t really see it and then he was a little careful.”

“The second time we drove so fast that we couldn’t miss a minute.

“I think he’ll be a three-mile horse, maybe three miles and two [furlongs]. I pulled him out by the stands and we really drove off at the end. “

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