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Shishkin to spearhead ‘solid’ Aintree squad for Henderson

Shishkin is about to lead Nicky Henderson’s squad into battle at subsequent week’s Randox Grand National Festival at Aintree.

The Seven Barrows handler assembled what he views as a “pretty solid team” for the three-day assembly, which didn’t happen final season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Henderson admits Aintree can have a really totally different look to it this yr with out the standard crowds, however he’s nonetheless wanting ahead to making the journey to Merseyside.

He mentioned: “We’ve had great days at Aintree. It’s always been tremendous fun and everyone is incredibly hospitable.

“The environment is nice – it is a bit extra relaxed than Cheltenham.

“It’s not going to be the same as normal years, obviously – but it’s enjoyable and I think we’ve got a pretty solid team.”

The undoubted star of the present so far as Henderson is worried is Shishkin, who prolonged his unbeaten report over fences to 4 with a runaway success within the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham final month.

The seven-year-old will bid to spherical off his flawless marketing campaign with one other Grade One win within the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase on Saturday week.

“He was very good at Cheltenham. I think it was a relief as much as anything,” Henderson added.

“He was very professional. He has a different jumping technique to some horses – he’s very quick and gets from A to B without you noticing he’s done it.

“This is the apparent place to come. I do not see there’s any cause to go any additional than two miles in the mean time as he’s a pointy horse.

“He won’t go to Punchestown. Shishkin would finish his season here, I hope.”

Henderson’s pair of Chantry House and Fusil Raffles completed first and second respectively within the Marsh Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.

However, they’re set to be cut up at Aintree, with Fusil Raffles sticking to two and a half miles in Thursday’s Sss Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase and Chantry House stepping up to three miles for the Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase the next afternoon.

Henderson hopes two of Ireland’s star novice chases, Monkfish and Envoi Allen, might be staying at house, including: “We’ve read that Monkfish and Envoi Allen are going to take each other on at Punchestown, unless it’s an April Fool!

“I hope they do and we are able to all go spherical amongst ourselves at Aintree.”

The multiple champion trainer is planning to step Mister Fisher up in distance for the opening afternoon’s Betway Bowl.

The son of Jeremy, who was pulled up in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, is likely to have plenty on his plate, however.

Henderson said: “We’ve been dying to strive him over three miles – it is at all times seemed precisely what he wished.

“There’s talk of Tiger Roll running and I gather A Plus Tard may possibly come, so there’s going to be a lot of Irish competition still, although I think we’re all rather hoping a lot of them will stay at home for Punchestown and not travel again!

“It might be a superb race, however I feel three miles on good floor at Aintree will go well with Mister Fisher and I’m eager to run him.”

On the same day, Buveur D’Air will bid for a second win in the Betway Aintree Hurdle.

With connections deciding against bidding for a third Champion Hurdle success at Cheltenham, the 10-year-old will be running for only the second time since suffering a freak hoof injury in the 2019 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

He finished second on his return from over a year off the track at Haydock in January.

“We saved him out of Cheltenham and I feel an additional half a mile will assist him,” said his trainer.

“He would not need quick floor, however he is in excellent type and schooled this morning and was as electrical as ever.”

Henderson confirmed Heross Du Seuil an intended runner in the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle on the opening day, while plans are more fluid for the exciting Dusart, who has not been seen since his hurdling debut at Newbury in November.

Henderson said: “Dusart was very spectacular at Newbury. He then had a freak accident and has been lacking since. I truly did not suppose we might get him again in any respect this season.

“He’s a smart horse, I hope. He could run in the Top Novices’ Hurdle over two miles, the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle over two and a half, or he might just wait for Ayr.

“Ronnie (Bartlett, proprietor) is coming to see him work on Friday and we’ll determine after that.

“Pipesmoker will almost certainly go for the two-and-a-half-mile race.”

One horse unlikely to be a part of the Henderson’s Aintree battalion is Altior.

Having disappointingly missed the Cheltenham Festival for the second yr in succession, the 11-year-old appears set to as a substitute head for the Celebration Chase at Sandown, which he has already received 3 times

“He will do a bit of work this weekend, but it will be his first since the dirty scope that meant he missed Cheltenham,” mentioned Henderson.

“I’m wouldn’t rule Aintree out, but I think it’s more likely he’ll wait for the Celebration.”

Asked whether or not he anticipated Altior to return subsequent season, he added: “I hope so – there’s no reason why not.

“He’s as recent as paint right here and in nice type.”

While Henderson has famously never won the Randox Grand National, he has won the other big race over the famous fences – the Topham Chase – on five occasions.

This year he plans to run Caribean Boy, Lust For Glory, Morning Vicar and Precious Cargo, saying: “It’s simple going spherical (the National course) as soon as, however getting spherical twice is an enormous downside!

“All four are intended runners. They’ve all schooled over National fences and all went well.”

On The Blind Side and Call Me Lord, in the meantime, may contest the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle on Grand National day.

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