‘We’ll see Energumene in Tingle Creek’ – bone problem revealed for Shishkin | Horse racing news


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Shishkin: Hot favorite never fired in Queen Mother’s Cheltenham champion hunt

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Nicky Henderson spoke on Tuesday of his relief that a rare and hopefully unique condition has emerged to explain Shishkin’s disappointing performance in the Champion Chase and he is already looking forward to a third showdown with Energumene in the Tingle Creek in December. .

Successful in the Supreme and Arkle at the 2020 and 2021 festivals, Shishkin beat Energumene in an epic Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January and was 5-6 favorite for their rematch at Cheltenham last month, but never got involved and was stopped by Nico de Boinville after eight fences as the Willie Mullins raider returned home.

Rain-softened ground was put forward as an immediate reason, but a bony condition, which Henderson never encountered in his long and distinguished career, has now come to light.

“Cheltenham was very disappointing and the day we put it down, which was quite extraordinary in terms of the amount of rain it had had, but in our hearts we thought it had to there’s another problem,” he said. .

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“A very good horse like him, who has won on soft ground before, isn’t really going to hate him and I was even unhappy to go to the first fence because Nico was not where I expected him to be. whatever it is.

“I think we all knew there was something else bothering him. He was a bit off the next day and then he was healthy, but the degree of lameness was minimal, and the question was why.

“We did all the health tests and the lameness surveys and we dug and dug and dug and we couldn’t find anything. Because he had this intermittent lameness on different legs and different parts of him, we have did a full bone scan, which produced some weird results.

“Normally it will show you a hotspot, i.e. where the seat of the problem will be – a knee, a hock, a foot, a pastern, a joint – but there were four hotspots, which was weird “It’s not that he has a lameness condition in one of them, it’s just the fact that he has four spots on it and it’s a bony condition.”

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Nicky Henderson with Shishkin: "We had the most perfect preparation for Cheltenham with him"

Nicky Henderson with Shishkin: ‘We had the most perfect preparation for Cheltenham with him’

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Henderson, who trains Shishkin for Joe and Marie Donnelly, added: “I’ve never seen him before. The vets are well aware of that and he’s laying bones in particular places and he shouldn’t be doing that, and that’s him. makes it painful.

“We had the most perfect preparation for Cheltenham with him. He had never worried me for a moment and we couldn’t work it out at all and I think we all knew there was going to be something else, and I think a lot of other people have done it too.

“He’s taking some aspirin and will do four weeks of clubbing, then four weeks of walking and trotting, then he’ll be off for his summer vacation. It’s come and it will and apparently it won’t come back. shouldn’t, in everyone’s opinion – it’s a one-off issue.”

Henderson is already thinking back to the Betfair-sponsored Tingle Creek at Sandown in December.

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Shishkin (right) and Energumene: Clarence House clash was epic at Ascot in January

Shishkin (right) and Energumene: Clarence House clash was epic at Ascot in January

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