Simonsig nearing chasing bow
Nicky Henderson is biding his time before unleashing top hurdler Simonsig over fences.
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The Seven Barrows trainer had suggested the runaway Cheltenham Festival winner could make his chasing debut at Newbury, but Simonsig is not quite primed for the task.
Henderson said: "He's not quite ready for this weekend, we'll see him in about a fortnight."
Captain Conan, who impressed on his recent debut over fences at Cheltenham, will take his next step up the ladder in the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown next weekend.
A belated reappearance from injury-hit 2009 Champion Hurdler Punjabi, also expected to go chasing, should come soon.
"I had him entered this week but I wasn't going to risk him on this ground," the trainer said.