Nicky Henderson has revealed that stable star Shishkin underwent wind surgery ahead of a planned return to action in Tingle Creek in Sandown in December.
The seven-year-old has been undefeated in eight starts since falling on his hurdles debut at Newbury, a race that includes back-to-back Cheltenham Festival wins in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Arkle Trophy.
The heir apparent to recently retired Henderson superstar Altior, Shishkin will look to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps by winning Tingle Creek en route to a likely tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase in Cheltenham in March.
“In the aftermath of Altior’s retirement announcement, I thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to know that Shishkin recently had wind surgery,” Henderson told Unibet.
“After a routine litter, we were just worried that it might, and I stress the word, cause a problem later in the year, so rather than taking time at a crucial stage, we decided it would be prudent to act now rather than being forced to do so mid-season if necessary.
“It’s a very routine procedure and nothing fancy so his training will have minimal distractions and the plan is to start in Tingle Creek in Sandown in December.”