Simonsig: 2013 Arkle winner missed last season with injury
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SIMONSIG, who missed last season through injury, features among a stellar 37 entries revealed on Wednesday for the William Hill King George VI Chase.
Along with Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig’s absence on course last year was a savage blow to trainer Nicky Henderson’s hopes of retaining the trainers’ championship, which was surrendered to Paul Nicholls.
However, the Ronnie Bartlett-owned grey is 5-1 favourite with the sponsors to make up for lost time and is on track to feature at Kempton next month with a possible prep run for the race coming in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.
Simonsig heads the market from last year’s King George VI Chase winner Silviniaco Conti, who could clash with fellow King George entrants Cue Card and Dynaste in the Betfair Chase at Haydock later this month.
The King George has been split between trainers Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson since Kicking King became the last Irish-trained winner of the race in 2005 and Champagne Fever and Road To Riches, 10-1 shots with William Hill, head the Irish assault on the race this year.
The high-quality entry for the Christmas highlight also includes the likes of Bobs Worth, Holywell, Wishfull Thinking, Captain Chris,Taquin Du Seuil and Oscar Whisky.
King George VI Chase betting
William Hill: 5-1 Simonsig, 8 Cue Card, Dynaste, Silviniaco Conti, 10 Champagne Fever, Road To Riches, 12 Holywell, Menorah, 14 Smad Place, Taquin Du Seuil, Wishfull Thinking, 16 Al Ferof, Bobs Worth, Boston Bob, 20 Captain Chris, Don Cossack, Double Ross, Eduard, Harry Topper, Oscar Whisky, Wonderful Charm, 25-1 bar
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