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Shishkin heading to Aintree after Cheltenham win | Racing Information

Shishkin ridden by Nico de Boinville winning the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 16, 2021.



Spectacular Sporting Life Arkle winner Shishkin is about to line up at Aintree’s Randox Grand Nationwide Competition subsequent month.

The seven-year-old cantered residence 12 lengths clear within the Grade One warmth at Cheltenham and is because of be joined on Merseyside by fellow Nicky Henderson inmate Chantry Home, who additionally grabbed top-level glory within the Marsh Novices’ Chase on the Competition.

Fusil Raffles was second within the Marsh for Henderson and he’s additionally pencilled in for Aintree, whereas Epatante, who completed third in defence of her Champion Hurdle title, is about to conflict once more together with her Cheltenham conqueror Honeysuckle at Punchestown.

“I am hoping Shishkin, Chantry home and Fusil Raffles will all be going to Aintree – that’s the plan,” the Seven Barrows coach advised Nick Luck’s Each day Podcast.

“Epatante was most likely barely disappointing. I feel she must have completed second, however she would not have overwhelmed Honeysuckle in one million years. We’re most likely going to go to Punchestown and provides it one other go.”

Henderson’s twin assault on the Cheltenham Gold Cup yielded little pleasure, with Champ by no means leaping and pulled up earlier than the seventh fence, whereas Santini made a blunder at that impediment and was pulled up after the twelfth.

Henderson handler felt Champ was affected by a bodily situation, with Santini in the end unsuited by the applying of a first-time visor.

He added: “Champ, nearly definitely, we all know the place the issue is – it is in his again and he’ll be returning to Eire ASAP for a bone scan. He has had again surgical procedure earlier than prior to now and it nearly definitely desires re-examining, in order that’s all been put in place.”

“Santini schooled very nicely within the visor, however I’ve to say, within the race, he simply did not face it. Some horses do not, (however) you’ll be able to’t inform at residence. He did not prefer it, he’d schooled nicely and we thought it might make a giant distinction.”



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