Nicky Henderson says there’s a “good probability” each Structure Hill and Shishkin might run within the rearranged Combating Fifth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.
The pair missed their meant races at Newcastle final Saturday, with the assembly misplaced to the climate, and the 2 leaping stars ended up spending Friday evening at Doncaster racecourse on their means again to Lambourn.
Henderson mooted the opportunity of Shishkin reverting to hurdles in preparation for a crack on the King George VI Chase on the weekend, having refused to race on his meant comeback at Ascot and the climate then intervening earlier than the Rehearsal Chase.
Nevertheless, it now looks like he could also be joined by his esteemed stablemate, who initially appeared an unlikely runner within the rearranged race.
“There is a good probability they might each run,” mentioned Henderson. “Shishkin wants a run and I believe that is the best and kindest approach to do it.
“It is just 17 days earlier than the King George and the choice is the Peterborough Chase however I like the concept of this.
“He was an excellent two-mile chaser and so he should not discover it too sharp. I admit he did get taken off his toes a bit of in final yr’s Tingle Creek however it is a good thought for a race earlier than the King George.
“The beginning will not be an issue – he says bravely – he will not be sporting cheekpieces and we hope he has a pleasant time.”
He went on: “As for Structure Hill, we have ummed and ahhed the entire weekend and after I went to mattress I wasn’t going to enter him, however I’ve woken up this morning with a special thought. I have never been in a position to make my thoughts up, so I’ve put him in.
“There is a fairly good probability he’ll run, I would say. It should be a moist week however he goes in heavy floor. I would say he is extra prone to run than not however it’s a very tough name, so everybody simply must bear with us.
“I think each would possibly run. They travelled all around the nation collectively final weekend, so they’re new finest associates.”
There are eight entries for the Combating Fifth, and so they embrace Gordon Elliott’s Irish Level, a Grade One novice winner from final season.
Love Envoi, You Put on It Nicely, Benson, Goshen and Not So Sleepy full the record.