Nicky Henderson has revealed secure star Shishkin has undergone wind surgery forward of an supposed return to motion in the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December.
The seven-year-old is unbeaten in eight begins since falling on his hurdling debut at Newbury, a run which incorporates back-to-back wins at the Cheltenham Festival in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Arkle Trophy.
The inheritor obvious to Henderson’s recently-retired celebrity Altior, Shishkin will bid to comply with in the hoofprints of his predecessor by profitable the Tingle Creek en-route to a possible tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.
“In the aftermath of announcing that Altior has been retired, I thought it might be in everyone’s interest to know that Shishkin has recently undergone wind surgery,” Henderson informed Unibet.
“After a routine scope, we had been simply involved that it would, and I emphasise the phrase may, pose a problem later in the yr so quite than take day out at a vital stage, we determined it might be prudent to behave now quite than be pressured to do it mid-season if it occurred to be vital.
“It is a very routine procedure and nothing out of the ordinary so his training will have minimal distractions and the plan is very much to start off in the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December.”
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