The conflict of the season seems to be set to go forward with each Shishkin and Energumene declared to run in Saturday’s Grade One Clarence Home Chase at Ascot, stay on Sky Sports activities Racing.
Nicky Henderson’s secure star Shishkin was anticipated to line up after affirmation from his coach earlier this week following a very good piece of labor at his Seven Barrows yard.
It was unclear whether or not Energumene can be declared to run, with the choice made by coach Willie Mullins simply earlier than 10am this morning.
After nicely documented points within the autumn, Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin made a spectacular return to motion within the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton final month.
The Sholokhov gelding is a sizzling favorite to increase his unbeaten document over fences to seven on this weekend’s function occasion, however in Energumene he faces a brand new and severe rival.
Since ending third in a Navan bumper on his debut, the eight-year-old has received every of his seven begins for Willie Mullins and is 5 from 5 over fences.
He appeared set to fulfill Shishkin within the Arkle at Cheltenham final March after a dominant show within the Irish equal, however a setback dominated him out of the Competition.
Energumene recovered in time to win by 16 lengths on the Punchestown Competition, although, and appeared nearly as good as ever on his seasonal reappearance within the Hilly Means Chase at Cork in early December.
Final 12 months’s winner First Move heads up the chief opposition for the Kim Bailey crew, with Amoola Gold for Dan Skelton finishing the choose subject of 4.
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