‘I feel it’s not quite there’ – Shishkin ruled out the return of Tingle Creek | Horse racing news

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Shishkin: The two-time winner of the Cheltenham Festival will aim for the Desert Orchid Chase

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By James Burn, Lambourn correspondent
UPDATED 4:39 PM, NOV 24 2021

Fans of Shishkin, who may be Britain’s best chance of avoiding another white championship at the Cheltenham Festival, will have to wait to see Nicky Henderson’s stable star, who will be ignoring Betfair Tingle Creek Chase in Sandown next week in favor. of a crack at the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase in Kempton on December 27th.

Henderson, who trains the exciting seven-year-old for Joe and Marie Donnelly, pointed out that his two-time festival hero was not injured but did not reach the required peak for Sandown’s prestigious Grade 1, for which he had driven betting.

Chacun Pour Soi now occupies that slot, although Shishkin remains Betfair and Paddy Power 7-4 favorite for Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in Cheltenham in March. These odds make him the lowest-priced British rider for the bout’s four main events, all of which were won by Irish horses last season.

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Shishkin and Jaydon Lee gallop up the hill on a cold, bright morning in Seven Barrows

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Shishkin, who won 2020’s Hardle of Supreme Novices before capturing the Arkle in the spring under the guidance of regular driver Nico de Boinville, has yet to find a concert this fall, and Henderson warns of a pre-season breathing operation. and the dry climate in Lambourn, which prevented him from using his gallop on grass, are contributing factors.

“There’s nothing wrong with that, but Nico and I feel it’s not quite there,” he said Wednesday.


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“He was never a brilliant workhorse and that makes life quite difficult to evaluate him, while I would have liked to have been able to work him on the grass and was not ready to go to Newbury for the gallop this morning last week.

“I would have liked to go for that and if I could have taken him there it might have been different, but he had a wind op over the summer and that brings them back more than four weeks, and I’ve probably been on the back foot ever since. “

Henderson, who retired the two-mile star Altior in September, added, “Shishkin isn’t here yet, it’s that simple. He’s had a brilliant summer and now he looks like a million dollars, as you can see from that picture of Ed. Whitaker on the front page of the Racing Post this morning since he galloped on Monday.

“He’s pretty fit, but he doesn’t feel like he’s glowing enough and doesn’t give us all the right vibes I’d like to see. He’s not hurt – we don’t gallop injured horses. He’s fine, but Nico and I’m not 100% satisfied. % of where it is and you can’t go and manage them when they are like this.

“If I were to take him to Sandown on Saturday week, I would have to chase him and I would have to ask if I can go to Newbury this weekend. [to exercise him] and I would push it, and I don’t want to. “

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Nicky Henderson: “We wanted to be at Sandown, but it’s not the right thing to do”

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Instead, Henderson is looking for the Desert Orchid for Shishkin’s return.

“We probably won’t gallop him this weekend and check everything, but he’s 100% healthy, while his wind is 100% too,” he said.

“We know what we’re dealing with and Joe Donnelly is great and said, ‘You know him and do what’s best for the horse.’

“And the best thing for the horse is not to be chased: I would have to point the gun to his head a little too much to take him there Saturday week.

“We better make the decision now and give us a chance to get him back for the Desert Orchid in Kempton.

“Bringing him there isn’t a concern, but he’s not where we want him to be right now.”

Henderson Hall of Famer Sprinter Sacre and Altior were Tingle Creek winners for the six-time champion coach, who added, “We wanted to be in Sandown, but that’s not the right thing to do. I’m not trying to hold him back for anything, but it’s not where I want it and Nico feels the same.

“She drove him to work on Saturday and we talked about it. It was all right – I have the film of that gallop and you would hardly say anything was wrong – but he just isn’t there and it’s hard to gauge, especially because you’re working through all seasons, not grass.

“I have no doubt a couple of grass jobs would have lifted him and me.”


Comment: Racing requires bold coaches, not Nicky Henderson’s abundance of caution

The news on Wednesday that Shishkin would lose next week’s Tingle Creek Chase in Sandown didn’t exactly send shockwaves through the sport on par with Vautour who missed the 2016 Gold Cup. In fact, it caused little more than a sad. eye rolling and a torrent of social media jokes. It was all simply predictable.

Nicky Henderson, of course, has a history in this Sandown race, having retired Altior on the eve of last year’s race on the grounds that the leg – officially soft – was not the right one for his legendary pursuer despite the horse having won six. times on such ground. In Henderson’s defense, these are different circumstances as this time he gave the bettors a broad warning, revealing Shishkin’s absence with ten days to go.

But this has become a model of abundant caution that does the sport no favors. Racehorses are there to race, but Henderson’s rarely do, especially outside of his beloved Cheltenham Festival. For Shishkin this week, read Champ last week, Altior last year, and many more in between.

In all cases, Henderson had his reasons for not rushing. But the sport needs its protagonists and, therefore, it needs its best coaches to campaign boldly rather than insisting that the stars are always perfectly aligned before sending them out on the track.
Dylan Hill, premium publisher


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