By Andrew Atkinson

Shishkin’s head-to-head with Energumene in the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot proved fruitful for Nico de Boinville on Shishkin.

“That’s the best reception I have had in my life,” said de Boinville, after gaining a 1 length win.

Willie Mullins trained Energumene, under jockey Paul Townend, lead, tracked by First Flow, Shishkin and Amoola Gold, in the four horse race over 2 miles.

Shishkin (5-6) tipped by made an error, when pitching on his nose, seven fences from home and hit a flat spot, when off the bridle.

“He had one horrible peck. We were going so fast – but champions always find a way to win,” said de Boinville.

Shishkin has been clipped into 1-2 from 11-10 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Cat Tiger

Paul Nicholls trained Cat Tiger (9-2) tipped by ridden by amateur jockey Mr D. Maxwell won the SBK Handicap Chase over 2m 7f, gaining a nose verdict over Cobolobo (8-1).

“He jumps brilliantly. I probably came too soon, but he’s a game, gutsy horse,” said Maxwell.

“I was glad he got the verdict. It’s magnificent,” added Maxwell.

Nicky Henderson trained Fils D’oudairies (5-1) tipped each-way finished second behind Unexpected Party in the SBK Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle over 2m 3f. Selection, Amour de Nuit (2.55) was a non-runner.

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