Simonsig produced one of the very best displays of the entire Cheltenham Festival last season when he won the Neptune Novices Hurdle and all eyes are on the grey once again this winter. The Nicky Henderson horse is set to embark on a novice chase campaign which is set to end with a run at the Festival once again in March with the Arkle Chase the likely aim. The grey horse produced a stunning display at Cheltenham last season when he won the Neptune and connections are expecting him to have no problems with the bigger obstacles when he makes his seasonal debut at some point over the next few weeks. So far Simonsig has suffered just one defeat since he arrived at Nicky Henderson's yard and that came at Sandown when the excellent Fingal Bay just got the better of him in a cracking race on sticky ground. The pair of them are now considered two of the most exciting potential chasers to have emerged in recent years and it will be fascinating to follow their progress towards Cheltenham.
The only real question surrounding Simonsig concerns his ideal trip with anything between two and three miles a possibility for this hugely talented horse. He clearly has great cruising speed which suggests he is more than comfortable over two miles while he had no problems in the Neptune at Cheltenham over two miles five furlongs suggesting that stamina is not a problem either. Nicky Henderson will no doubt use his prep races for the Cheltenham Festival to decided which race to send him to but the thought at this early stage is that the Arkle Chase is the likely aim on the first day of the meeting. Simonsig is just one of a number of stable stars for Henderson this season with the Seven Barrows trainer expected to dominate the Trainers Championship. As well as Simonsig we can expect to see the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Long Run, Bobs Worth and Grandouet among many others head to Cheltenham in March for the biggest week of racing in the sport.