Nicky Henderson will not be in Sandown on Saturday to watch Constitution Hill in Unibet Tolworth’s Novice Hurdle as he is currently in solitary confinement due to Covid-19.
Henderson said he “feels good” and not bad – but the 71-year-old admitted he’ll find it hard to watch from home as one of the hottest horses in his yard has its toughest test to date.
“I’m afraid I’m locked up and in solitary confinement at home in Seven Barrows after catching the dreaded Covid, which means unfortunately I won’t be able to attend Sandown on Saturday for Unibet Tolworth’s day,” Henderson told his Unibet blog.
“It might seem like a nice idea to watch all the action on television, but I can tell you that, in reality, it’s not fun at all and it’s fair to say that I’m doing a lot of box walking!
“Luckily I’m not sick and I feel good, but it’s important to do the right thing so you won’t see me around until next week.”
Henderson has also had news of another of his famous rookies, Jonbon, who is likely to have his next long-awaited outing at Haydock on January 22nd.
“Jonbon is in great shape and will have another run before Cheltenham,” Henderson said of the Hurdle favorite of his supreme novices.
“Where it will be has not been entirely decided, but the current favorite looks like Haydock on 22 for the Rossington Main Grade Two rookie hurdle.
“There is also Listed Sidney Banks in Huntington on February 10, but I think we will save Balco Coastal for that race instead.”
And in an update on the two-mile tracker Shishkin, Henderson confirmed that the Clarence House Chase in Ascot on January 22 is a “strong possibility” if it continues to give the right signals after its reappearance in Kempton Park for Christmas.
He said: “Shishkin came out of the Desert Orchid Chase in very good shape and while I have now learned not to exclude or exclude anything, if he still shows me the same signs in a week we could seriously consider running in the Clarence House Chase in Ascot on January 22nd. .
“Either he has the option or the Game Spirit in Newbury on February 12, so we’re not short on options, but as I said, Ascot is a strong possibility if it stays in the same shape it is currently in.”