Shishkin is all the craze to change into the newest Nicky Henderson-trained star to say victory within the Sporting Life Arkle Problem Trophy.
First profitable with Remittance Man in 1991, the Seven Barrows handler has now racked up a report six victories within the prestigious two-mile novice chase on the opening day of the Pageant.
Sprinter Sacre went on to determine himself as one of many biggest chasers of the trendy period following a runaway Arkle success in 2012, whereas Altior weaved an identical path to superstardom after putting Arkle gold in 2017.
Like Altior, Shishkin is out to double his Pageant tally following victory within the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – and having barely put a foot incorrect in three begins over fences, the seven-year-old is lengthy odds-on to reinforce his already large fame.
“Everyone thinks these races are thrilling, however I am undecided we do!” stated Henderson.
“There’s loads at stake, and we’ve got to sit down and endure.
“Our first Arkle winner was Remittance Man, who was a spectacular jumper. Sprinter Sacre was in all probability essentially the most flamboyant of all of them – and Altior was fairly lethal.
“This fellow has simply been excellent. I believe Shishkin’s efficiency within the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was fairly good, as a result of he was actually taken into the automobile park on the second-last, and to get again up and win was a reasonably strong efficiency.
“He in all probability hasn’t had loads of opposition over fences, however he is been very medical and really correct and has achieved it effectively each time.
“He is available in with 10 ticks for all three runs, to be sincere with you, even when he did not must beat something very sensational.
“He’s in good kind and has confirmed that he is top-class – and he is had run-in.”
Following the enforced withdrawal of the Willie Mullins-trained Energumene due to damage, the most important menace to Shishkin seems to be the Dan Skelton-trained Allmankind.
A tearaway juvenile hurdler final season, the five-year-old has appeared extra amenable since having his attentions switched to the bigger obstacles, which has enabled him to win every of his three begins.
Skelton stated: “I am actually pleased with him and was actually completely satisfied together with his prep run within the Kingmaker at Warwick – it did its job.
“He is contemporary and effectively and able to go, so we’re trying ahead to it.”
In Energumene’s absence, Mullins depends on Franco De Port to supply him with a fifth Arkle success. He was 10 lengths behind his stablemate when runner-up in final month’s Irish Arkle at Leopardstown.
Captain Guinness (De Bromhead), Eldorado Allen (Colin Tizzard) and Numitor (Heather Most important) full the sextet.