Nicky Henderson is looking forward to seeing Shishkin get his career over fencing started at Kempton Park on Monday.
Last season’s Supreme Novices ‘Hurdle winner will be a hot order to send four rivals in the two-and-a-quarter-mile Racing TV Beginners’ Chase – the same race in which his esteemed stablemate Altior made a successful hunting debut four years ago Aug.
Henderson said: “It’s a nice initial track to go to for the first time over fences. Shishkin has done a lot of schooling and he’s been very good at it, but he has to do it on a racetrack now like any other horse .
“He should be fine, as he has not done anything wrong, that is for sure. There has not been one of his caliber, we have been sending hunts for a few years.
“Everything that could possibly go wrong in the Supreme went wrong. He and Nico (de Boinville) did a fantastic job of getting back in the race when you consider he was anything but in the parking lot at one point – it was an amazing achievement.
“It’s the same race that Altior started in. There are one or two of us who have needed a race, but hopefully he should be fine.”
Shishkin is taken over by Paul Nicholls-trained Mick Pastor, Olly Murphy’s Sangha River, Brian Barrs At Its Own Expense and Battle Anthem from Richard Rowe’s farm.
The feature event on the map is Listed Racing TV Mares’ Hurdle, where Paul Webber’s Cheltenham Festival heroine Unbearable is the star attraction.
The seven-year-old has not seen a jump since claiming a final gasp victory in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle in March, but recently finished down the track in a listed race in the air in Lingfield.
Webber said: “We were considering driving her over obstacles in Wetherby a few weeks ago, but we did not want to put her on the ground on soft ground, so we drove her in all seriousness instead.
“We always knew she would lose ground at the stalls, but she ran well and was not hit much further than the ground she lost in the beginning. She got a good shot, so I hope that should put her on Monday.
“I have not really thought about this race – it’s hard enough to get one thing in order! She does not want winter, heavy soil, so we choose a little.”