Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Nicky Henderson is contemplating working Shishkin within the rearranged Preventing Fifth Hurdle at Sandown subsequent Saturday.

The Seven Barrows handler is raring to get a King George VI Chase prep run into his a number of Grade One scorer, after refusing to race at Ascot within the 1965 Chase and likewise seeing a deliberate run within the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle misplaced to the climate.

An absence of choices over fences has now seen Henderson toy with the thought of reverting Shishkin to the smaller obstacles, in addition to dropping again to 2 miles, for the rearranged Grade One which reopens on Monday.

That might in fact pave the way in which for Structure Hill – who additionally missed out on an outing at Newcastle – to move straight to Kempton on Boxing Day for the Christmas Hurdle, though the coach is but to finalise plans with the unbeaten famous person’s proprietor Michael Buckley.

“Michael is coming down right here and we’ll discuss and we now have to think about the timing,” stated Henderson, talking at Newbury. “Shishkin was the horse I actually needed to run, I can’t imagine he would win a King George first outing.

“He is acquired to attempt to have a run and I’ve a bit thought. He may need to return and have a run over hurdles as a result of there are not any chases to run in. Three miles could be too far in what is likely to be hard-work floor and I am considering of coming again into the Preventing Fifth as a result of that reopens on Monday.

“I would not fear about Structure Hill first outing.”

Nico de Boinville celebrates profitable the Champion Hurdle on Structure Hill

Each Structure Hill and Shishkin have been left with the prospect of nowhere to put their head having deserted their journey to Gosforth Park simply south of the north east on Friday.

Nevertheless, Henderson revealed he was inundated with affords after his enchantment on tv, with the high-class duo finally bunkering down at Doncaster racecourse in a single day.

Newcastle’s monitor was buried underneath a blanket of snow on Saturday morning

“That they had a keep in Doncaster final evening, however I do not assume they went all the way down to the resort for just a few pints,” quipped Henderson. “The camaraderie of racing was at its finest as quickly as I stated on tv I used to be in search of a steady and had two horses with no mattress, the individuals who got here ahead have been unbelievable.

“Ann Duffield rang me from Barbados, Doncaster rang me, Hexham rang me, Karl Burke rang me. It was unbelievable and I might have gone Malton, Middleham, anyplace.

“The one situation was I acquired the horses again within the morning!”

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