ENERGUMENE (169+) put up a display of supremacy in the Ryanair Novice Chase that left the impression he would have been a serious rival to Shishkin had injury not prevented him from taking his place in the Arkle at Cheltenham.

Paul Townend wasted no time in sending his mount to the lead, gradually stretching his rivals with fluent jumping aligned to the powerful galloping trait that has become the feature of his performances.