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STORM Brendan did its best to blow us off course this week.

A couple of meetings went west but it was business as usual at Newbury where local hero Nicky Henderson threw a couple of bullseyes.

Shishkin was the pick of Hendo’s winners. He looked super slick when kicking Harry Redknapp’s well fancied Shakem Up’Arry into row Z in a red-hot novice hurdle and is headed for the top.

There was serious dough for Your Darling (7-1 to 9-2) in the bumper and he delivered under an Eskimo-cool Nico de Boinville ride.

Henrietta Knight bought this fella for her brother-in-law Lord Vestey and reckons he’s the nicest horse she’s had anything to do with since Best Mate. Enough said.

By the way, it’s a good job commentator Simon Holt had his teeth in the right way round when he called a handicap hurdle here.

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