Henderson keeping Tingle Creek dream alive for Shishkin


Nicky Henderson has raised hopes of seeing Shishkin return in the Tingle Creek Chase after stating his star chaser is “nearly on schedule” for the Sandown showpiece.

The eight-year-old lost his unbeaten record over fences at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, having been pulled up when seemingly struggling on the testing ground.

That race was won by Energumene, who Shishkin got the better of when they met earlier that season at Ascot in the Clarence House Chase.

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Image: Shishkin could return in the Tingle Creek Chase

And while that race is still on Henderson’s radar, he has raised the possibility of his stable star returning next month at Sandown.

“He had two or three months in his box and out in the field and hopefully we’re back rocking and rolling,” Henderson told Sky Sports Racing. “He’s in good form.

“I’m not going to say it’s where he is definitely going to go but we’re trying to get to the Tingle Creek. We’re nearly on schedule.

“Otherwise we’ll go to Kempton [Desert Orchid] and then the Clarence House.”

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Supreme superstar Constitution Hill is all set to make his seasonal return in Saturday’s Coral Hurdle at Ascot, live on Sky Sports Racing.

Constitution Hill set for Ascot return

It looks set to be a big fortnight for the Seven Barrows handler, who is set to unleash Constitution Hill at Ascot this weekend before Epatante looks to bag a third Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, with both races live on Sky Sports Racing.

Henderson added: “That’s the plan. It’s a sensible place to go. We’ve discussed it with Michael [Buckley, owner]. Ascot is a lovely track for him.

“It’s two-miles-and-three [furlongs] but I can’t believe that’s going to be an issue.

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Enjoy in glorious slow-motion as Supreme Novices’ Hurdle star Constitution Hill warms up for his seasonal return in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot, live on Sky Sports Racing on November 19.

“It also means Epatante can go back to the Fighting Fifth, which she has won for the last two years.

“She had a good year last year, winning two-and-a-half Grade Ones if you take into account the dead-heat in the Fighting Fifth.

“She was very good at two-and-a-half at Aintree so that opens a few doors this season as well. She’s working very well. She’s carrying a bit of condition, but she’s always a bit like that.”

Watch the return of Constitution Hill in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, 19 November and Epatante in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on Saturday, 26 November at Newcastle, both live on Sky Sports Racing.

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