Who To Follow At Ascot On Saturday - 22/01/22

Ascot - January 22 2022
Ascot 15:35
Nico de Boinville


J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 172
Days: 26

The feature race of the day and arguably the match up of the season to date comes in the Grade One Clarence House Chase and we are siding with Shishkin

The eight year old since falling on his hurdles debut has shown bundles and bundles of ability and plenty of gears when it comes to finishing his races which has seen him land nine events in a row.

His win in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival was one of most noticeable victories as a novice hurdler, finding plenty up the hill to narrowly see off Abacadabras.

Shishkin could not be upstaged and on his first start over fences in November as he showed the racing world just how good he is by pinging every fence and showing a startling turn of foot.

On his second start over fences he kept his outstanding unbeaten run going with another faultless round of jumping in the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton over Christmas, seeing off Tamaroc Du Mathan by 13 lengths.

Henderson's superstar next time out took his unbeaten record to three races over fences at Doncaster landing the Grade Two Lightning Novices' Chase.

He was then sent to the Cheltenham festival where he landed the Grade One Arkle Challenge Trophy with ease and to round the season off he went to Aintree where he again landed a Grade One contest in workmanlike fashion.

Having not been right for his seasonal debut in the Tingle Creek, he was rerouted to the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase over Christmas and on his first start in open company he saw off the Tingle Creek winner by 10 lengths

He has been nothing short of superb in every race bar one during his career and although taking on his toughest rival to date, it is going to take something very special to beat him.


Trainer To Follow - Dan Skelton

Dan Skelton sends a strong team of runners to the Berkshire track on Saturday and with that in mind becomes the handler to follow.

In the first race of the day he fields Doctor Parnassus who was a decent runner on the flat for David O'Meara and has now been sent hurdling.

One of his big chances of the day comes in the 2m3f Handicap Hurdle with Unexpected Party looking to get back to winning ways.

Skelton has the favourite in the Grade Two Mares Hurdle with Molly Ollys Wishes and has a big chance to land back to back renewals having won it with Roksana last year.

Finally, although having Knight Of Dubai and Amoola Gold running before her, the mare Galia Des Liteaux has a huge chance in the finale, looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in her career.

Skelton heads into the meeting sporting a 19% strike rate for the last two weeks landing five winners from 26 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Lucy Turner

The jockey to follow at Ascot on Saturday is the 7lb claimer Lucy Turner who has managed to pick up two big rides for Venetia Williams.

In the three mile handicap chase she sits on the smart Didero Vallis who went close at Ludlow last time and now off a lower weight could go close again.

Her best chance of the afternoon comes on the extremely smart Fanion D'Estruval in the 2m5f Handicap Chase with her vital 7lb being taken off making him effectively 1lb higher than his last winning race.

James Mackie | @jamesmackieee