Simonsig to star at Ascot

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: December 20 2012, 19:21 GMT

Nick Robson expects Simonsig to get off to a winning start over fences when he lines up at Ascot on Friday afternoon.

Simonsig is expected to relish a switch to fences

ASCOT: 12.45 Letsby Avenue, 1.20 Eastlake, 1.55 Puffin Billy, 2.30 Simonsig, 3.05 Pause And Clause, 3.40 Captain Cutter.

DUNDALK: 6.00 Zainda, 6.30 Lily Of Kenmare, 7.00 Baby Jake, 7.30 Clare Harrier, 8.00 Rapid Approach, 8.30 Ocean Drift, 9.00 Silverlord, 9.25 Rigoletta.

LINGFIELD: 11.25 Refreshestheparts, 11.55 Ice Pie, 12.25 Give Me High Five, 1.00 Hamoody, 1.35 My Sweet Lord, 2.10 Ovett, 2.45 Sandy Lane, 3.20 Elysian.

UTTOXETER: 12.05 Full Ov Beans, 12.35 Best Excuse, 1.10 Ohio Gold, 1.45 Jeanry, 2.20 Stormion, 2.55 Bishophill Jack, 3.30 Splash Of Ginge.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.15 Barbsiz, 3.50 Midnight Flower, 4.20 Slatey Hen, 4.50 Vhujon, 5.20 STAFFHOSS (NAP), 5.50 Avon Supreme, 6.20 Gunner Will, 6.50 Resplendent Alpha.

DOUBLE: Give Me High Five and Staffhoss.

Oliver Sherwood has not held back in his praise of Puffin Billy and he gets to show his class in the Mitie Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle at Ascot.

The Grade Two has been won by some smart youngsters down the years and Sherwood has claimed he is the best horse he has handled since the top-class Large Action.

Soft ground would appear no barrier and he can gain valuable experience in a small field.

All eyes will, of course, be on Henderson's Simonsig in the Betfred Novices' Chase.

One of the most impressive winners of the Cheltenham Festival in March, his chasing debut has been delayed by a splint problem but all is well now.

Be prepared to be wowed if the reports of his schooling are to be believed.

Stormion looks the best bet at Uttoxeter in the Handicap Hurdle.

Give Me High Five improved markedly last time out and can be expected to go close on her return to Lingfield.

Richard Hannon's filly bumped into a potentially decent newcomer in the shape of Streak but she would be unlucky to meet one that good again.

Hannon is chasing down his own record of number of winners in a calendar year so he is unlikely to be running no-hopers at this stage.

She reappears in the second division of the Follow Us On Twitter @LingfieldPark Fillies' Maiden Stakes, which certainly looks the stronger of the two heats.

Having finished only 10th of 12 on debut, she went down by only half a length last time.

While there may be better longer term prospects in the race, Give Me High Five can put her race experience to good use and get off the mark at the third time of asking.

Midnight Flower was a beaten short-priced favourite last time out but she has by far the best form on offer in the 32Red Casino Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Wolverhampton.

David Simcock's filly ran a nice race at Yarmouth on her debut behind a smart type in August and turned up at Dunstall Park a month later where she improved to finish second.

The winner of that race is no mug, either, so it hardly raised too many eyebrows to see her head the betting next time out.

She hit the front a fair way out and was just worried out of it close home so do not be surprised to see more patient tactics adopted this time.

Mark Johnston's Staffhoss has recovered from a pretty serious injury to win on just his second start and should be backed to follow up in the 32Red Nursery.

Fifth of 14 at Kempton on debut, the Lucky Story colt was a cosy winner at Lingfield earlier this month and looks the class act in this field.

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