Shishkin heads to Sbk Clarence House Chase in Ascot next week after Nicky Henderson confirmed he had done a good job at the Seven Barrows fog closed Saturday morning.
Last season’s Arkle winner proved his mettle with a 10th-place finish in the Second Class of the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park at Christmas, and he is set to clash with Energumene-trained Energumene-based Willie Mullins.
Henderson – who returned to the race after receiving the Covid-19 – confirmed: “My mind is not what I see. Because I promise you, there was a lot of fog this morning that suddenly passed. But I’m glad to say it was a flash – it was very fast.
“We give Shishkin a green light and Nico (de Boinville) was pleased with him. To prevent week-long accidents and all sorts of things that come and bite and bother you, we will go to Ascot.
“He was happy with her this morning. She jumped five fences, but as soon as we saw her. You don’t want to go to school this morning, of course. Her job was very good.
“Then I want to think we’re in shape.”
Commenting on meeting Energumene in front of Queen Champion Chase, Henderson added: “Tell Willie to stay home! March and here we go.
“This season goes much better than Newbury (Game Spirit Chase). I like it very well. He has had a good run and has put him in that position. It gives me a chance to go back and build on that.”
Henderson also had stories of some of his regular stars, including Jonbon.
He said: “Jonbon will go to Haydock the same day (as Clarence House). It worked very well. They all went well according to what I see. All the pilots were happy. Jonbon was good, Nico was happy, Chantry House. it was good, Champ was great, so they are all on the road.
“I think Champ will go to Cheltenham in a difficult situation, I think it is possible. They still have both options (Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup) open.
“He hasn’t learned anything since Ascot.”