Shishkin maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a workmanlike performance in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson’s exciting prospect may not have been as impressive as in previous races, but the 1/8 favourite got the job done to complete the Cheltenham/Aintree two-mile novice Grade 1 double after taking the Arkle Trophy last month.

Gumball made the running until Nico de Boinville decided to go on some way from home.

Funambule Sivola put in a brave bid, but Shishkin was too good and went on to win by three and a quarter lengths in what was a good time.