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  • 13:00 Redstone 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 3f 110y

  • £8,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £5,005 2nd £1,478 3rd £739 4th £370
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 39.50s
  • Off time: 13:01:05

Simple for Simonsig

Henderson novice makes big impression

Last Updated: 18/11/11 1:47pm

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Simonsig: Impressive winner

Simonsig: Impressive winner

Simonsig made an effortless debut for Nicky Henderson when running away with the Redstone "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Ascot.

The striking grey was sent off the 1-5 favourite for this event after a strong spell point-to-pointing in Ireland as well as when winning a good bumper at Fairyhouse for Ian Ferguson.

Barry Geraghty did not need to ask Simonsig any questions to coast 11 lengths clear and earn a quote of 12-1 from Coral and Betfred for the Neptune at Cheltenham, whilst Sky Bet go 14/1 (from 20s).

The Yorkshire-based firm have also trimmed the grey into 10/1 (from 12s) for the Albert Bartlett.

"I suppose you can see by his starting price that we expected him to win," said Henderson.

"This is a very nice horse and we can potter about with him.

"I suppose you could look at the Challow Hurdle (Newbury, December 31) if you wanted to stay at two and a half miles."

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