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Shishkin will take aim at Gold Cup after return to form in Denman Chase


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  • Nicky Henderson praises Shishkin’s character after victory
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“He’s got a character,” Nicky Henderson said after the highly popular but mercurial Shishkin’s first success since April 2023 here on Saturday. “Like all good horses, and probably people as well. You’ve got to have a bit of character about you, haven’t you?”

Maybe so, and having gone into the Denman Chase with letters rather than numbers in front of his name, which is never an encouraging sign, a comfortable, drama-free victory was just what Shishkin’s many fans were hoping to see. There was no hint of the mulishness at the start before his intended seasonal debut at Ascot in November, when the 10-year-old refused to race, or any suggestion of a jumping error to match the mistake that caused him to crash out of the King George VI Chase at the second-last on Boxing Day when he held a two-length lead.

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