By Andrew Atkinson
Nicky Henderson trained Shishkin (1-7) tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info cruised to victory in the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster on Saturday ridden by Nico de Boinville, gaining a 8 1/2 length win over Eldorado Allen.
“He felt great and I thought they went a proper gallop – it was a real test in that ground (soft), it was really hard work,” said De Boinville.
“I thought his jumping was very accurate – probably the best it’s been so far – he’s come into the race very easily and strode away.
“He was just doing what Shishkin does. He can race a bit behind the bridle and in this ground you need a horse like that.
“I don’t think that could have been more simple for him, very straightforward. He’s had a good workout, which is ideal for his prep, onwards to Cheltenham,” added De Boinville.
Shiskin is 8-11 for the Sporting Life Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Image courtesy Doncaster Racecourse
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