Shishkin was the headline maker last weekend after winning the Denman Chase at Newbury. That was an important run for the Nicky Henderson-trained charge, who had produced an indifferent start to the season.
The 10-year-old had refused to race in his seasonal renewal at Ascot, before unseating jockey Nico de Boinville at Kempton in December. Looking positioned to strike in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, Shishkin stumbled, with De Boinville hitting the turf.
But Shishikin was still sent off as an 8-11 favourite on Saturday at Newbury, where he beat Hitman and Protektorat to take the victory in a good show of stamina. Always popular at the Cheltenham Festival, Shishkin will now head back there in March to target the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Other notable winners from Newbury were Iberico Lord in the Betfair Hurdle and Edwardstone in the Game Spirit Chase, who struck a massive victory by 40 lengths. Things continue to warm up nicely ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, with plenty of big names putting in final appearances to fine-tune their preparations.
There are not too many big features between now and the start of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, which opens on March 12th with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Cheltenham Gold Cup betting this year falls on March 15th.
In a slight change of pace, Haydock is worth a look next Saturday, as the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase gets its outing. My Silver Lining, trained by Emma Lavelle, is the current ante-post favourite for the fixture after not having finished outside the top two in his last five outings, claiming three wins in the process.
Other notable contenders in the testing 3m 4f contest are Jonjo O’Neill’s Iron Bridge, along with Credo and Famous Bridge. There are 21 fences in the contest and as the name suggests, this is an important trail ahead of the Aintree Grand National, which takes place on Saturday, 13th April.
The pick of the upcoming Irish racing scene is the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase from Punchestown. This is also a big prep race for the 2024 Grand National and the set-up is the same distance and number of fences as the counterpart trial at Newbury.
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UK Horse racing betting online continues to canter towards the front of the field, with people who bet on other sports such as football also showing increasing interest.
On Grand National day each spring, the whole of the UK seems to come to a standstill as veteran and first-time punters alike put money on their favourite horses and jockeys.
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Something of an institution in UK sport, horse racing has so many popular racecourses and events across the nation you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Some of the most famous dates in the calendar include Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National and Royal Ascot.
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