Horse Racing: Nicky Henderson, who is now in self-isolation, will not be at Sandown on Saturday to watch Constitution Hill compete in the Grade One Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle.
Henderson stated that he “feels well” and is not ill, but the 71-year-old admitted that it will be difficult for him to watch from home as one of his most exciting horses faces his biggest test yet.
“I’m afraid I’m under lock and key and self-isolated at home in Seven Barrows after contracting the deadly Covid, which means I’ll be unable to attend Unibet Tolworth day on Saturday,” Henderson wrote on his Unibet blog.
“It may appear to be a pleasant idea to watch all of the excitement on television, but I can assure you that it is not enjoyable, and it is fair to say that I am doing a lot of box walking!”
“Fortunately, I am not ill and am in good health, but it is vital to do the proper thing, so you won’t see me until next week.”
Jonbon is all ready for a Haydock warm-up run
Henderson also received information on Jonbon, another of his star novices, who is expected to race at Haydock on January 22.
“Jonbon is in great shape and will run again before Cheltenham,” Henderson said of his Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite.
“The exact location has still to be determined, but the current favourite is Haydock on the 22nd for the Grade Two Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle.”
“On February 10, there’s also the Listed Sidney Banks at Huntington, but I guess we’ll save Balco Coastal for that.”
For Shishkin, Clarence House is a strong possibility
Henderson also gave an update on superstar two-mile chaser Shishkin, confirming that the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 22 is a “strong prospect” if he continues to show the right signs following his Christmas return at Kempton Park.
“Shishkin came out of the Desert Orchid Chase in terrific health, and while I’ve learned not to rule anything in or out, if he continues to show me the same signals in a week, we would seriously consider running in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 22,” he stated.
“He has the choice of that or the Game Spirit at Newbury on February 12, so we aren’t short on options, but, as I said, Ascot is a real possibility if he keeps his current form.”
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