Nick Alexander is preserving his fingers crossed that Shishkin traces up at Newcastle on Saturday to offer him the very best probability of bagging a second victory within the BetMGM Rehearsal Chase with Elvis Mail.
The Kinneston handler saddled secure stalwart Lake View Lad to land the celebrated handicap 5 years in the past and has excessive hopes for his newest candidate, who made a profitable begin to his marketing campaign when notching a fifth Kelso win in final month’s Edinburgh Gin Chase.
What complicates issues barely by way of this weekend’s race is the presence of Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin, who may make a swift reappearance beneath the welter burden of 12 stone after refusing to race in final Saturday’s 1965 Chase at Ascot.
If Shishkin does take his probability, Elvis Mail will carry simply 10st 1lb, but when Henderson decides in opposition to sending his a number of Grade One winner to the North East, the weights will rise significantly, and it’s not inconceivable that Elvis Mail himself may but find yourself carrying top-weight.
“I would love him to be operating with 10st 1lb on his again. He is effectively and able to run once more and he’d actually be operating if that was the case,” Alexander stated.
“If the top-weight would not run and the following two (Ga Regulation and Datsalrightgino) had been to run at Newbury and he was to finish up with top-weight, then I would not make certain.
“He’ll in all probability run anyway. He gained very properly at Kelso, we had been delighted with him and he is been nice since, so fingers crossed he is nonetheless nice on Saturday.”
Elvis Mail has gained eight races in his profession to date, along with his 5 Kelso triumphs supplemented by a trio of wins at Ayr.
Alexander feels the character of Gosforth Park ought to go well with his cost simply high-quality, including: “He likes a galloping observe and has run effectively at Doncaster.
“He would not need holding floor, so he may do with them getting a snow bathe or one thing, simply to maintain it on the wetter facet. He likes first rate floor as effectively, so he ought to be high-quality.
“I am very a lot trying ahead to operating him.”
Watch all of the motion from Newcastle on Saturday dwell on Sky Sports activities Racing with the Rehearsal Chase at 3.05pm.