Horse Racing: Simonsig sidelined

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Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Simonsig has not recovered sufficiently to race this season according to trainer Nicky Henderson.

The seven-year-old suffered a fracture prior to the new jumps season, and although well on the way back to full fitness, connections feel that he is too valuable to risk at present.

The grey has always been held in high regard, and lived up to expectations when landing the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

Put over fences last Christmas he has gone three outings unbeaten, culminating in a successful return to the Festival by capturing the Arkle Chase this year.

However, trainer Nicky Henderson is keen not to rush his rising young superstar back too soon.

“We’ve got to the point to make a decision to finish for the season,” he said.

“He’s sound and will be in general exercise. The fracture line has healed up, but there is a risk something will go.

“We’ve taken the advice we’re given and hopefully he’ll be ready for the King George next year.”

The Seven Barrows handler also has the current Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre in his care, and he too has been battling to get back on track, but is all set to reappear in next week’s Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton.

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