The Nicky Henderson trained Simonsig put the seal on his Cheltenham festival preparations with a polished display in the BetVictor Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Wednesday afternoon.
Sent off the red hot 2/7 favourite, Simonsig and his jockey Barry Geraghty travelled much the best in the 2m 2f contest and despite making mistakes at the final two hurdles he won hard on the bridle to set him up nicely for the festival in four weeks time.
Speaking after the race, Henderson said that plans will remain fluid and a festival target will only be chosen closer to the time. ” I always hoped he would be a bit special and I think he probably is but I don’t know what we learnt today.
“Barry’s got a feeling to go over further and go for the Neptune but we’re not going to make our minds up here and now.
“I’m sorry to sit on the fence but that’s where I am at the moment. It’s a difficult decision to make.”