NICKY HENDERSON has confirmed star hunter Shishkin is suffering from a “rare and very strange” bone problem.
Shishkin completely flopped in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham last month as arch-rivals Energumene went to victory.
Henderson was quick to blame the soil that day, as employees watered it before a downpour.
But scans have since revealed the two-mile superstar is suffering from a bone problem.
Henderson says Shishkin’s season is over but that after his summer break he should be fit and shooting for next year.
The Seven Barrows supremo narrated Unibet: “The next day after Cheltenham he was perfectly fine and then he was lame for a couple of days, then he was fine.
“We weren’t quite sure where he was and we put it on the ground, but in our heart of hearts we knew that while it was cruel ground, that wasn’t all – there was something else.
“We dug and dug and dug until we came up with something.
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“He was lame in different legs at times, which is quite strange.
“We’ve done a bone scan all over his body which will usually show you a hot spot – it’ll tell you where the lameness is.
“Four hotspots appeared in different places.
“He has what they call a fairly rare bone disease.
“The reason you get these hotspots is because he’s building new bone.
“Why on earth he would suddenly do that on the day of Champion Chase, only heaven knows.
“It’s the first day it affected him.
“It’s a very strange problem and a rare one. I could show you the vet’s report, but I don’t think anyone but a vet would understand a word of it.
“It’s something that’s very curable and he’ll be on boxing rest for a month, then walk for a month and then we’ll ship him out for his summer vacation.
“There’s no reason why he won’t be ready for the start of next season. Once the bone has stopped development in those four areas, that’s the end.”
“He’s really not on any medication, apart from some aspirin, and we just need to let him settle down.”
Shishkin, who defeated Tony Blooms Energumene in a thriller at Ascot in January, was a 5-6 favorite for the Champion Chase but was pulled up after just eight fences.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/18169742/shishkin-nicky-henderson-rare-bone-problem/ Nicky Henderson confirms that Shishkin suffered from a “rare” bone problem when Champion Chase flopped