Nicky Henderson has raised hopes of seeing Shishkin return within the Tingle Creek Chase after stating his star chaser is “practically on schedule” for the Sandown showpiece.
The eight-year-old misplaced his unbeaten file over fences eventually season’s Cheltenham Pageant, having been pulled up when seemingly struggling on the testing floor.
That race was gained by Energumene, who Shishkin received the higher of once they met earlier that season at Ascot within the Clarence Home Chase.
And whereas that race remains to be on Henderson’s radar, he has raised the potential for his steady star returning subsequent month at Sandown.
“He had two or three months in his field and out within the area and hopefully we’re again rocking and rolling,” Henderson advised Sky Sports activities Racing. “He is in good type.
“I am not going to say it is the place he’s positively going to go however we’re attempting to get to the Tingle Creek. We’re practically on schedule.
“In any other case we’ll go to Kempton [Desert Orchid] after which the Clarence Home.”
Structure Hill set for Ascot return
It appears set to be a giant fortnight for the Seven Barrows handler, who is ready to unleash Structure Hill at Ascot this weekend earlier than Epatante appears to bag a 3rd Preventing Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, with each races dwell on Sky Sports activities Racing.
Henderson added: “That is the plan. It is a wise place to go. We have mentioned it with Michael [Buckley, owner]. Ascot is a beautiful monitor for him.
“It is two-miles-and-three [furlongs] however I am unable to consider that is going to be a problem.
“It additionally means Epatante can return to the Preventing Fifth, which she has gained for the final two years.
“She had an excellent 12 months final 12 months, successful two-and-a-half Grade Ones when you bear in mind the dead-heat within the Preventing Fifth.
“She was excellent at two-and-a-half at Aintree in order that opens a couple of doorways this season as properly. She’s working very properly. She’s carrying a little bit of situation, however she’s all the time a bit like that.”
Watch the return of Structure Hill within the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, 19 November and Epatante within the Preventing Fifth Hurdle on Saturday, 26 November at Newcastle, each dwell on Sky Sports activities Racing.