Nicky Henderson has revealed Shishkin is “99.9 sure” to run within the 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
The nine-year-old can be entered within the Betfair Chase at Haydock, however Henderson seems set to go for the shorter race at Ascot, with the bottom the important thing issue.
The Grade Two 1965 Chase is run over 2m 5f on the Berkshire observe, the place the going was described nearly as good to comfortable on Tuesday, whereas the Grade One Betfair Chase is a 3 mile and one-and-a-half furlong contest, with the bottom at Haydock heavy, comfortable in locations on Tuesday.
Shishkin, who gained the Ascot Chase final season earlier than happening to complete second within the Ryanair Chase and successful the Aintree Bowl over 3m 1f, now heads the betting for the 1965 Chase forward of Pic D’Orhy.
Chatting with Racing TV at Exeter on Monday, Henderson, whose major goal for Shishkin is the King George over three miles at Kempton on Boxing Day, stated: “We all the time form of stated we had been going to the Betfair however then there’s Ascot as nicely which simply could be a kinder beginning place.
Shishkin, ridden by Nico de Boinville, on his option to victory at Aintree in April
“We all know he likes it at Ascot, he is gained over two miles there, he is gained over two mile 5 [furlongs] round there.
“I simply suppose it is a extra wise race. I feel the bottom goes to be the primary contributor the place we go and in the mean time Haydock is beautiful however when it is comfortable it will get very comfortable, whereas I do not suppose Ascot goes to be good floor but when the forecast is true and we get a few dry days it mightn’t be too dangerous.”
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