Skelton buoyant on Shishkin future

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Jockey Harry Skelton believes Shishkin could be a future star after his win at Cheltenham in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The six-year-old competed in a star-studded field at Cheltenham earlier this month, in what was the first race of the world-famous festival.

He was up against the likes of Abracadabras and favourite Asterion Forlonge.

The Nicky Henderson-trained horse performed admirably on the day, despite making errors during the race.

Ridden by Nico de Boinville, he made a mistake at the third hurdle and was lucky not to be taken down by a faller at the fifth.

However, he rode through and claimed the prize by a head from Abracadabras.

Skelton, who won the Champions Chase with Politologue at Cheltenham, was clearly impressed with his performance and says he would like a chance to ride him again.

“Everything that could go wrong did and he still won. He has it all and looks set for a big future,” he said.

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