Shishkin’s bet post chances may appear to be short with over a quarter of a year to go until the Festival opens on 16 March, yet Altior was a similar cost in the wake of beating Black Corton – along these lines a Grade One victor over wall – by 63 lengths on his pursuing presentation in November 2016 and proceeded to win the Arkle by six lengths as the 1-4 top choice.
While Shishkin’s edge of triumph was no counterpart for Altior’s, the way of his prosperity held the same amount of guarantee, from the easy hop which conveyed him into the lead at the second to a flying jump at the fifth, where he remained off far yet cleared the fence easily. Mick Pastor, who is evaluated 137 over obstacles, established no connection with the pioneer after Harry Cobden shook his reins around the home turn, and Shishkin was as yet on a firm grip as he facilitated further clear as far as possible up the straight.
“I think you need to give him a 10 out of 10 for his bouncing today,” Henderson said. “With Altior, you turn him in and take a gander at a fence and he’s gone, while this individual is really a titch more reasonable.
Altior got off the imprint at Grade One level in his second race over wall with a success in the Henry VIII Chase at Sandown toward the beginning of December, yet Shishkin may rather run next in the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novice Chase back at Kempton on 27 December.
There was, nonetheless, a pitiful postscript to Monday’s race, as it arose the Olly Murphy-prepared Sangha River, who fell at the seventh fence, had endured a deadly injury.
In the interim, Henderson had positive news on Champion Hurdle courageous woman Epatante who will make her occasional return in the Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday.
The mentor stated: “I believe she’s pretty flexible ground-wise, however overall we as a whole need great ground for these races – it just makes for better hustling. She’s a quick filly and great ground will be ideal.
“She went to the Gerry Feilden at Newbury on the very end of the week a year ago and won that off a sign of 137. It was a major bounce up for the Christmas Hurdle, yet it end up being an excellent call,” Henderson added. “We didn’t run her again until the Champion Hurdle and she clearly didn’t run thereafter as that was the finish of the period. She had a dash at Newbury a week ago and did her last bit of work toward the beginning of today, which went quite well. All her genuine work is finished.”
Aidan Coleman will ride Epatante unexpectedly since her Gerry Feilden achievement of a year prior, and is set to get reacquainted with his huge race mount in a Lambourn tutoring meeting on Tuesday. “Aidan won the Gerry Feilden on her and is because of come and sit on her and simply bounce five obstacles on her tomorrow first thing. At that point, off she heads up north,” Henderson added.
“The circumstance of the Fighting Fifth is useful for the Christmas Hurdle, while the International at Cheltenham is somewhat excessively close. In case you’re going down that course, which we’d prefer to, the Fighting Fifth fits in well. On the off chance that all works out positively here and at Christmas, you most likely wouldn’t run her again until the Champion Hurdle.” GW
Tuesday’s smartest choices
Wheesht (3.07) is among the most fascinating sprinters of the day, however she wouldn’t really need to follow through on that interest this break, her occasional return. Like all ponies possessed by the Million In Mind partner, she was unloaded in the mid year yet she voyaged well and demonstrated a lot of extension when second at Fontwell last season and looks a pleasant possibility for Alastair Ralph.
His sprinters are going admirably a few seconds ago and this first endeavor on fair ground could permit her to step forward, so 12-1 bids, for all that this could simply be a first run back. She’s a relative to Billingsley, who prevailed upon multiple times wall for Ralph last season, and her future may well lie over the bigger impediments.
Coby Nine (12.37) could merit staying with, having got off the imprint at the second endeavor over wall a fortnight prior. David Bridgwater’s sprinter is greater than I expected at 5-2.