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Shishkin 3/1 to win the Aintree Bowl at the Grand National Festival

We have priced up Shishkin at 3/1 to win the Aintree Bowl on Thursday afternoon as he gets set to make his return after missing the Cheltenham Festival.

Aintree Bowl odds

  • Gerri Colombe - 11/8
  • Shishkin - 3/1
  • Corbetts Cross - 7/2
  • Bravemansgame - 9/1
  • Ahoy Senor - 11/1

(Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation)

Shishkin 2023/24 Form and Results

Shishkin has proven to be the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde horse for Nicky Henderson in recent times, and one that has frequently puzzled racing fans.

The 10 year-old has the capability to produce exceptional performances but from one race to the next he can go from the sublime to the bizarre and vice versa in the blink of an eye.

His 2023/24 campaign has very much followed the theme of his career to date; dramatic incidents, frustrations for punters and a sprinkling of sheer genius.

Take Shishkin's seasonal reappearance in the Nirvana Spa 1965 Chase at Ascot in November as an example.

Here was a two-time Cheltenham Festival winner that had seemingly shaken off previous inconsistencies earlier in the year.

Yes, he had been narrowly pipped to Ryanair Chase glory by Envoi Allen, but that was sandwiched in between a scintillating display in the Ascot Chase and his Aintree Bowl triumph in last year's renewal.


It was seemingly all systems go ahead of the new campaign, with a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup the ultimate target.

So what happened at Ascot? Shishkin refused to race as Henderson and regular jockey Nico De Boinville were left scratching their heads.

Unfavourable weather conditions put paid to any plans for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Sandown and it was on to the King George without a prep run for the main event on Boxing Day.

Shishkin was all set for one of his greatest victories at Kempton but he lost his footing after jumping the penultimate fence and he unseated De Boinville with the race seemingly at his mercy.

It wasn't quite snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, but it was Shishkin after all, and the all too familiar narrative of not knowing what you're going to get came to the fore once again.

However, the Grade 2 Denman Chase in February then saw Shishkin produce as convincing a display as we had ever seen from him.

He was majestic in everything he did as he overcame the likes of Hitman and Protektorat to take the honours.

The previous mishaps were almost forgotten about and the consensus was that if any horse could beat Galopin Des Champs in the Gold Cup the following month, then Shishkin was the one who could do it.

Shishkin Aintree

Unfortunately, we never got to see if Shishkin could challenge the great Galopin Des Champs, who would go on to retain his Gold Cup crown in stunning fashion.

An untimely bug infiltrated Henderson's camp and, along with several other high-profile horses, Shishkin was ruled out of the race following a poor scope.

Now entering the twilight of his career, Henderson will be hopeful that the best version of Shishkin turns up at Aintree this week as he attempts to win the Aintree Bowl for the second year in a row.

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