Willie Mullins “very satisfied” with Energumene’s progress | Race News

Energumene appear firmly on track for Cheltenham after emerging in fine form from a school session at Navan on Saturday.

Much attention had surrounded the Willie Mullins-trained gelding earlier in the week, with a marked drift on the betting exchanges raising concerns over his welfare.

It turned out he had suffered a stone contusion, but fears that he wouldn’t be able to make his long-awaited rematch with Shishkin in the Queen Mother Champion Chase were downplayed by the connections, and his efforts after the race at Navan – and the upbeat report that followed Sunday from Mullins – indicates that the big clash remains very present.

Mullins said: “Energumene did well this morning. He did a canter and I was very happy.”

Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo was another in action at Navan, as was Stayers Hurdle competitor Klassical Dream.

Mullins added: “All the other horses (who worked at Navan) are doing well too.”

Energumene is a best-priced 4-1 chance for Champion Chase behind the odds on Shishkin, the latter having emerged victorious by length in an epic duel for the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January.

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