Clarence House Chase: Shishkin expected to improve again as Nico de Boinville sees no issue with Ascot track | Racing News

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

The eight-year-old, who trained at Nicky Henderson, is set to work with De Boinville this weekend before making a decision on his first division appearance next Saturday.

Shishkin, the 11/10 favorite for Chase 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 believes there could be more to come. .

Speaking to Sky Sports Racing, De Boinville said: “It was a great feeling and great to see him do that and finally produce what he was showing us on the sprint.

“I’ve been seeing him running lately and he seems to be in really good shape. We know what the team puts at home.

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

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“It was great to see him turn his game around at home and get him on the right track.”

“I think he’s going to be in this race. He’s not a horse that shows much at home, so sometimes it’s hard to say exactly where he is.

“He took a good hit to the finish at Kempton, and he’s fairly close to the streak, so we’ve been there and nearly that, but I think there’s an improvement coming.”

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Asked how Shishkin had found the potential path at Ascot, De Boinville said, “It should be fine. I think if Energumene comes in, and First Flow is there as well, it should be tactically simple.”

“Energomen is a very good horse and a very talented one.”

An expected escalation for Dosart after Leicester win

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De Boinville says sexy rookie chaser Dusart will improve to step up the journey after making his satisfactory debut in Leicester earlier this week.

Shishkin’s teammate Dossart made a successful start to life on the fences in Leicester on Wednesday, defeating Dan Skelton in the two-mile and six-furlong run, despite some issues with jumping to his left.

De Boinville feels there is plenty of improvement to come from the seven-year-old, who has been starting only for the third time in a career that has been disrupted by injury so far, and anticipates a step forward in the journey.

“He showed his class in the latter half of the race,” de Boinville said. “It was only the third time he’s ever run so we have to remember that with all the fences removed from behind, he had nothing of his interest.

“It was about getting the job done and trying to educate him as much as possible.”

On Dossart’s jumping, de Boinville added: “It wasn’t a problem. It was half a flat race and the first fence came up and he didn’t really see and after that he was a bit wary.

“We were going so fast the second time in a row that you couldn’t miss a moment.

“I think it would be a horse three miles long, maybe three miles and two [furlongs]. I didn’t even drag him past the stands and we were just moving at the end.”

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