2.50: GRADE ONE — 2 MILES, 5 FURLONGS
SHISHKIN silenced the doubters at Ascot last month when a wind operation, tongue tie and step up in trip were all catalysts for a display more in keeping with his c.v.
If he returns in the same form, the 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and 2021 Arkle Chase winner is the clear standout, and it is difficult to envisage defeat.
FURY ROAD may be the one to chase home Shishkin or land a second Grade One if
Nicky Henderson’s star chaser flops for the second straight Festival. The data suggest the son of Stowaway is as good as ever and his fine effort in the Irish Gold Cup when trying to keep tabs on Galopin Des Champs is further evidence he is a talented runner.
If there is to be a shock, FRENCH DYNAMITE might be the one to blow the roof off as he hasn’t finished improving and ran well here in a warm handicap last November.