James Bowen said a step back in the journey should fit Mr. Fisher as he tries to get his career back on track at second division Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton.
The eight-year-old has not been in the winner’s fold since December 2020 when he landed at the re-arranged Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham, with his only completion since in a neck defeat to Frodon last April.
He was pulled in his last round at King George VI Chase, having always raced to the rear and made an early foul that put a stop to any shot opportunity the shot had 33/1.
James’ brother, Sean, rode with him on that occasion and took care of him once he missed his chance, something James felt would help his chances this weekend, as well as get back to the average ride of two miles and four furlongs.
“It looks fine,” he said. “The ride should really suit him and there are only four riders so that should help him.
“He should have come in the last round. Shun [Bowen] He took care of him last time so I hope he’s ready for tomorrow anyway.”
Bowen is also riding for teammate Nicky Henderson Horse Caribean Boy, who fell at the first fence at the Howden Silver Cup at Ascot last time, as Daryl Jacob fractured his hip in the process.
This injury means Bowen will take a run instead, with the rider confident of a big run from the eight-year-old in a three-mile handicap chase at Kempton.
“They were racing towards it and he fell on his head a little bit and Daryl got slapped badly and he hasn’t come back yet,” Bowen added.
“I hope he runs a good race.
“He was very promising last season and I won him two seasons ago, so I hope he’s back on the right track tomorrow.”