Shishkin justified his prohibitive odds when taking his profitable streak to seven with a straightforward victory within the Sporting Life Arkle Problem Trophy at Cheltenham.
Winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on this card 12 months in the past, Shishkin is now unbeaten in 4 races over fences as he gave coach Nicky Henderson a seventh Arkle – a race the Seven Barrows coach has taken with stars corresponding to Sprinter Sacre and Altior.
The 4-9 favorite was all the time travelling nicely within the arms of Nico de Boinville, as Allmankind and Captain Guinness made it a true-run race over the 2 miles.
Shishkin joined the 2 leaders on the third-last fence, setting sail for house and occurring to attain by 12 lengths.
Eldorado Allen picked up the items for second place shut house, simply forward of Captain Guinness and Allmankind.
Shishkin was given a quote of 5-2 for subsequent yr’s Queen Mom Champion Chase with Coral and William Hill, whereas Paddy Energy went 6-4.
Henderson stated: “We might all the time hoped (to win like that), however you by no means anticipate. It was unusual, it is going to be all week with out the crowds, nevertheless it does not make it any simpler watching them. Winners listed below are winners robust and with out the gang they’re nonetheless particular.
“We knew there was going to be loads of tempo, I did not know the opposite horse (Captain Guinness) would take him (Allmankind) on as nicely. However he is obtained a excessive cruising velocity and simply sat on their tails.
“He got here vast and had loads of area, however he was spectacular the way in which he got here up the hill.
“We have had nice days right here on this race, Sprinter Sacre, then Altior adopted him and it is a disgrace he is lacking this week, nevertheless it’s extraordinary to seek out one other. He regarded pretty much as good as the opposite two did on this race immediately. He is obtained an extended option to go to match them, however you needed to be delighted with what he did immediately.
“It was a special problem immediately. We schooled on Thursday and he almost hurdles his fences, he is very fast which frightens you a bit. He is very quick, he is all the time regarded like a chaser however he is undoubtedly a two-miler, he is only a pure.”
He added: “Yesterday was a horrible day (having to rule Altior out of the Champion Chase), the second yr operating. For the Pughs (house owners) it was tragic, having to make that decision was no enjoyable in any respect and you are worried in regards to the week beginning that means.
“We all the time say we might accept one and it is good we have got one on the board. I do not know if we will take pleasure in it, however we will field on.
“Altior has a bacterial an infection, he cannot give that to anyone, hopefully we will clear it up. In time for Aintree I do not know, however he’ll simply be prepared for the Celebration Chase. Sandown might be the likeliest.
“Whether or not Shishkin runs once more, I do not know, however why not? That was solely his fourth run over fences. That was the primary massive query he was requested and if you see a solution like that you just assume why not. Aintree is the one choice, however it’s a brief break this yr.”