25 January, 2022

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

BETTING REPORT: Shishkin v Energumene

It was the race that stopped a racing nation on Saturday with a head to head the likes of we haven’t seen for a long time. Shishkin v Energumene, England v Ireland, unbeaten over fences v unbeaten over fences, eight-year-old v eight-year-old. Only the official handicapper could split them – Shishkin rated just 1lb superior.

It also promised to be a massive betting heat and it delivered as Head Of Horseracing Flynn Goward reported in his midday update from Star’s HQ:

The market found it’s level early and the prices didn’t budge from 11am – 2pm with a late swing in favour of the Irish-trained runner:

Our brand ambassador Davy Russell was marginally in favour of Shishkin in his Saturday blog:

At this point it’s worth reminding that it was actually a four horse race, including last year’s winner First Flow, a point not lost on Star Sports’ owner Ben Keith:

Alongside the main market also ran a full range of specials on the race which proved popular:


The money arrived late for Energumene – with one notable lump broadcast live on ITV Racing by Matt Chapman minutes before the off ….


We’re all racing fans as well as bookmakers. The race left us, like everyone else, completely speechless ….


After the excitement of the race died down Flynn Goward came back to run through the cold and hard facts of the race from a trading perspective.

“Having laid the £360K at 6/4 earlier on Energumene, he was always going to be the worst result for the firm but not as bad as it could have been. The late money was all for the Willie Mullins trained runner and even though they got close there was never any danger of them flip-flopping.

“Shishkin also had plenty of supporters keen to take advantage of the biggest price he’s been since winning the Supreme (6/1) back in 2020.

“Add in the fact that there were plenty of multiples still very much alive on Shishkin after a flurry of short priced winners earlier in the afternoon including his stablemate Jonbon winning at 2/5 at Haydock.

“That all made for Shishkin being a small loser in what didn’t prove the cleverest of books for us – so him winning can be best described as the lesser of two evils. We needed one of the other pair to deliver the dream result. It wasn’t all about the big bets – we saw good bet numbers with the race clearly grabbing the attention of the Saturday punters.

“I watched the race in the office and it was a fantastic atmosphere – we thought we were in trouble when Shishkin kissed the turf and turning for home it was a case of us knowing we had done our money just how much.

“It was a great result for racing though and we can’t wait for round two at Cheltenham where we’ll be on course to get even closer to the two superstars.

▪️ More post race reaction in next week’s Trader Chat with Flynn and Johnny Ward DON’T MISS IT

📈 Over at Star Spreads they appeared to have dodged a bullet with nothing notable traded on Shishkin. Their office reported speculative buys on both Amoola Gold and Energumene with players taking advantage of a SP bonus offer on the race.


The latest market for the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival: