SIMONSIG makes a swift reappearance after a hugely impressive debut over the larger obstacles at Ascot last week. He already looks a natural over fences and his proven stamina will be an advantage on the ground, despite the drop in distance. He will be a short price to keep his unbeaten record intact and is difficult to oppose with Hinterland proving no real match for the selection's stablemate Captain Conan at Sandown. Royale's Charter is essentially a handicapper as is Wings Of Smoke, who also needs further, while Itoldyou looks well out of his depth.
Royale's Charter 7-1 (11-12) Led until 1st, prominent, jumped left and bumped 3rd, jumped slowly 7th, ridden 11th, 6 lengths 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Ackertac (11-11) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 10 ran.
Simonsig 2-9fav (11-0) Held up in touch, took keen hold, tracked leaders after 4th, left in 2nd at 7th, led 11th, clear 4 out, unextended, very impressive, won at Ascot 2m 3f nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy beating Sulpius (11-0) by 49l, 5 ran.
Itoldyou (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, some headway when mistake 2 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 11, 23l behind Lord Of House (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) In rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, headed soon after, no extra, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Johns Spirit (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Hinterland (FR) 5-2 (10-10) Held up in touch, headway approaching 3 out, chased winner before next, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Captain Conan (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft.