While we’ve seen the rise of many Arkle favorites this season like Altior, Shishkin is now the latest horse to be named favorite having dropped an impressive performance to secure victory in the 2m2f beginners’ chase at Kempton, this could be spelled as the perfect start to his chase career.
Shishkin has now won the same chase his stable companion, Altior, secured back in 2016 and has been tagged to be the most exciting chasing prospect ever since the stunt Altior pulled four years ago, which casino south africa covered the odds available for the event at the time.
Back in 2016, Altior won the same novice chase to launch the start of his chase career and his achievement didn’t stop there as he continued to claim the victory for that season’s Arkle. Shishkin, who won last season’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, has been cut short from 5-2 to a 7-4 favorite following his win.
Although Shishkin’s success can’t be compared to that of Altior, his way of achieving victory is still quite promising just like the latter. From the steady jumps he made, he was quickly able to take the lead as the fences posed no threat to him while being Nico de Boinville was riding him as they finished 23 lengths clear of
Speaking to the media, Henderson showed how relieved he was when the race was over, he said: “You’re glad when it’s over. You have to be pleased with that. He’s enjoyed himself and I thought his performance was ten out of ten.
“He’s quite showy when he wants to be. You can see what he can do when he jumps long but you pray he doesn’t go too long one day and do something silly to get out of trouble. Nico was most pleased by his jump at the last when he adjusted with no stride at all.
“It was the same when Altior came here; we let him bowl along in front. We’ve had a nice school and I love Kempton, it’s a great place to start him. I would think he’ll come back here over Christmas.
“He’s always been a good jumper and we were never tempted to go hurdling. I suppose he could have gone for the Champion Hurdle.
“He’s a genuine two-miler and we’ve been lucky to train plenty of those. This is the start of another expedition and he was excellent.”
The race, however, was not without fault as Olly Murphy horse Sangha River succumbed to a fatal injury after falling at the seventh fence; this was unexpected as big win casino also voiced their concerns
Currently being owned by Joe and Marie Donnelly, who are Gold Cup winners, Shishkin will be taking the same path as Altior, as confirmed by Henderson and the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase is being considered.