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Cheltenham Clues: Weekend Review | Shishkin shortened further for Arkle

Antepost Arkle favourite Shiskin kept his unbeaten chasing record in tact with a bloodless success at Doncaster

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An interesting weekend of racing sprung up further Cheltenham clues, with several big names throwing their names into the Festival mixer.

With Trials Day abandoned at Prestbury Park, all eyes were focused on Doncaster for Saturday’s racing action.

Shishkin established further dominance in the Arkle Chase market, after the seven-year old cruised to victory in the Lightning Novices’ Chase.

Nicky Henderson’s rising star continued his unbeaten start to life over fences with yet another faultless display, seeing off Colin Tizzard’s Eldorado Allen by 8 ½ lengths.

Last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner is now as short at 8/13 to record his second Festival victory in the Arkle.

Doncaster also saw a breakout performance from talented mare Miranda, who took her first graded success in the Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle.

The six-year-old went well throughout the contest before breezing past Floressa in the closing stages and comfortably landing victory by 4 lengths.

Paul Nicholls’ mare is now a joint-favourite 16/1 for the County Hurdle, alongside Ronan McNally’s progressive Dreal Deal and Dan Skelton’s Cadzand.

An action-packed card at Naas saw several Cheltenham contenders in the Winners’ Enclosure on Sunday afternoon, including Billaway, who became the clear favourite for the Foxhunters’ Chase after landing a second successive Naas Hunters Chase for Willie Mullins.

The nine-year-old, who is now as short as 5/2 for the 3m2½f contest, made good headway on the home straight to see off Staker Wallace, who is 10/1 for the same race, and claim victory.

Bachasson produced an impressive performance in the Limestone Lad Hurdle, as the 10-year-old made it four wins in his last four races.

Willie Mullins’ runner, who has won Graded contests over hurdles and fences this season, made all to win by four lengths and is now 14/1 to take the Coral Cup.

Dermot Weld, who trains Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa, landed his first Irish jumps winner of the season in the form of Coltor in the Naas Maiden Hurdle.

The four-year old, who is now a 20/1 shot for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, kept on well before fighting off a late challenge from Gordon Elliott’s Showbusiness to take a first victory over obstacles.

Eklat Du Rire maintained his unbeaten record over fences, as the seven-year-old claimed the Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase.

Henry De Bromhead’s exciting prospect, who has been shortened to 14/1 in both the National Hunt Chase and the RSA Chase, kept on well in the closing stages to see off the challenging Escaria Ten and land his first success in Graded company.

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