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Nicholls admits Clan Des Obeaux’s war of attrition in Haydock could benefit Cyrname

Paul Nicholls admits Clan Des Obeaux’s war of attrition in Haydock could benefit Cyrname in King George VI Chase in Kempton

  • Clan Des Obeaux won the feature film from Cyrname for the second time last year
  • The eight-year-old had an exhausting battle when he was defeated by Bristol De Mai on Saturday
  • Stablemate Cyrname has had time to recover from victory in Wetherby last month

Paul Nicholls has admitted that the tough race Clan Des Obeaux had in Saturday’s Betfair Chase could work in favor of stable mate Cyrname in the King George VI Chase in Kempton.

Last year, it was Clan Des Obeaux who won the St Stephen’s Day feature for the second time from Cyrname, who had endured a bruising battle with Altior at Ascot the previous month.

This year, Cyrname will be fresher with time to recover from his win at Wetherby last month, while Clan Des Obeaux had an exhausting battle when he was defeated by Bristol De Mai at Haydock.

Paul Nicholls is concerned after Clan Des Obeaux's tough race at Haydock on Saturday

Paul Nicholls is concerned after Clan Des Obeaux’s tough race at Haydock on Saturday

Nicholls said: ‘Clan has probably run one of his best races, but it doesn’t mean he had a tough race. If we had known a month ago it was going to be such a tough surface, we might have done something different.

‘We would have preferred it not to be such a war of attrition against a horse that is brilliant under those circumstances. Clan is tough so he should be okay but the roles are reversed. Cyrname will be the one to enter the King George a little fresher. ‘

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Shishkin will make his yacht debut in Kempton on Monday.

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