Simonsig could take on Overturn
Simonsig and Overturn have both been entered in the Betfred Novices' Chase at Ascot on Friday after the race was reopened.
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Nicky Henderson's Simonsig is already ante-post favourite for the Arkle in March, without having jumped a fence in public, due to his impressive form in novice hurdles last season.
He has been confirmed an intended starter by his trainer.
Overturn, second in the Champion Hurdle in March, won on his chasing debut at Sandown and Donald McCain has been looking for another opportunity to run him, with soft ground causing him to be withdrawn more than once in recent weeks.
Paul Nicholls has also entered the highly regarded Poungach, a winner at Haydock last time out.
Dare Me, now trained by Venetia Williams, Act Of Kalanisi, Cantlow and Well Regarded are other engaged in what looks like being an informative heat.
Simonsig and Overturn have also both been entered in the Blue Square Bet Novices' Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
Ohio Gold, Salden Licht, Stormy Weather and Tap Night are other nice types in that contest.