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Shishkin holds unbeaten record

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Shishkin maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a crafting feat in the chase of the Doom Bar Maghull Novices in Aintree.

Nicky Henderson’s exciting prospect may not have been as impressive as in previous races, but the 1-8 favorite has managed to do the first class doubles at Cheltenham / Aintree after winning the Arkle Trophy last month.

Gumball made the running until Nico de Boinville decided to go some way from home.

Funambule Sivola made a bold offer, but Shishkin was too good and won in a good time with three and a half lengths.

Shishkin remained unchanged as the 6-4 favorite to chase the Betway Queen Mother Champion with Sponsors and Coral, while Betfair and Paddy Power kept him at 5-4.

Henderson, who also did the double with Chantry House, said: “After Cheltenham it’s always difficult to know how much you’re dealing with them. Of course they’re fit, but the team did a great job of being with you pretty good Nick came here. Both are. ” Very good beginners, they had almost perfect seasons.

“Nico said he could have handled a lead longer. Gumball usually canters solidly, but he didn’t do it today. He’s a very relaxed horse and at home you don’t see the speed you see on the track. He I had a wonderful temper and I suspect he was just getting lonely, fair play to the second.

“It’s amazing how quickly he can get to the other side of a fence. It’s a very effective technique, but a little unusual.

“He’s not going to Punchestown, doing two is difficult, doing three, you have to be a sprinter or something, who did it for a year.

“They want to believe that next year it will be the normal two mile route, and I would like to believe that Altior will be in Sandown in two weeks. When they meet next year, they have to meet.

“It’s amazing that we’ve gone from Sprinter to Altior and that this boy is going the right way all the time.”

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Steven Gregory