williamhill.com Novices' Chase (Registered As The Wayward Lad Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £13,326 2nd £5,001 3rd £2,504 4th £1,247 5th £627 6th £314
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 19.10s
  • Off time: 12:55:22
  • Last Updated: December 27 2012, 17:37 GMT

The long odds-on favourite Simonsig made it two out of two over fences in the williamhill.com Novices' Chase at Kempton.

Simonsig: Never saw another rival
Simonsig: Never saw another rival

Barry Geraghty opted to give Nicky Henderson's exciting grey his head in the two mile Grade Two contest registered as the Wayward Lad Novices' Steeple Chase and the pair never saw another rival.

The 1/6 favourite got in a little close to the third fence allowing second favourite Hinterland to close up to about four or five lengths but that was as close as Paul Nicholls' four year old got to the winner.

Simonsig jumped a little out to his left at two fences in the back straight but that was a minor quibble about another impressive performance which saw the six year old win with his head in his chest for the second time in a week.

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Henderson said: "You have to be pleased, it was a brave shout to run so quickly - very un-Henderson like, but I wanted to get the practice in.

"He's had a nice school. Hinterland is not a mug, he was giving him 11lb and it wasn't a contest. He will probably have one more run at the end of January.

"Sprinter Sacre ran in the Game Spirit and I wouldn't rule that out (for Simonsig)."

Sky Bet cut the winner to even money from 7/4 for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham with spokesman Michael Shinners commenting: "He looks the real deal, jumps and travels exceptionally well and is clearly the one to beat at Cheltenham."


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