Shishkin and Chantry House set for Aintree outing
- We bring you the news that two of Nicky Henderson's star are set to run at Aintree
- Aintree's Grand National meeting kicks off on Thursday 8th April
- Shishkin and Chantry House both won at the Cheltenham Festival
- Epatante could be saved for Punchestown
Nico De Boinville celebrates after winning the Arkle with Shishkin. (Getty)
Irish horses dominated the home runners at this year's Cheltenham Festival, winning 23 of the 28 races during the week. Two of Britain's five winners came courtesy of Nicky Henderson, and both of Henderson's winners look set to run at Aintree next month.
Shishkin extended his unbeaten record with an effortless victory in the Arkle. Chantry House took advantage of an early fall by Envoi Allen to win the Marsh Novices' Chase, with stablemate Fusil Raffles following him home in second.
Henderson spoke to Nick Luck earlier this week, and confirmed all three would head for Aintree's Grand National Meeting.
“I’m hoping Shishkin, Chantry house and Fusil Raffles will all be going to Aintree – that is the plan,” Henderson said.
Shishkin is likely to face little in the way of competition in the Maghull Novices' Chase, with the Irish horses likely to be saved until Punchestown. Chantry House and Fusil Raffles will probably run again in the Manifesto over two-and-a-half-miles.
Henderson also touched on Epatante, who was beaten into third as she attempted to retain her Champion Hurdle crown. The master of Seven Barrows revealed Epatante could next be seen in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, a race Henderson won with Buveur D'Air in 2019.
“Epatante was probably slightly disappointing." Henderson continued. "I think she ought to have finished second, but she wouldn’t have beaten Honeysuckle in a million years. We’re probably going to go to Punchestown and give it another go.”
Meanwhile, Shishkin has already been chalked up as the 6/4 favourite to win next year's Champion Chase. You can see the full ante-post betting for the 2022 Queen Mother on our website.