Nicky Henderson with Arkle winner Simonsig and Gold Cup hero Bobs WorthPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Simonsig scope not quite right after Arkle win
A REASON why Simonsig was not his usual flamboyant self when winning Tuesday's Racing Post Arkle has come to light, Nicky Henderson said on Saturday.
The grey was expected to win with ease, but Barry Geraghty had to get serious with the 8-15 favourite before beating 33-1 shot Baily Green by two and a quarter lengths.
Henderson said: "Simonsig's scope wasn't quite right after the race. I did think during the race that things weren't quite right with him; he seemed to be running away from something.
"We certainly know he's better than that. It's probably as well we didn't scope him immediately before the race, otherwise he wouldn't have run."
The trainer reported that Oscar Whisky, who was pulled up in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, for which he was 9-4 favourite, was not sound the following morning.
"He was slightly lame," Henderson said. "We've not found anything dramatically wrong but we'll do a few tests."
Riverside Theatre, who was staying on in the closing stages of the Ryanair Chase, will run again this season and move back to three miles.
It is looking doubtful whether Bobs Worth will run again this season, although plans will not be finalised for another week for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, who turned out looking remarkably fresh at Seven Barrows in Lambourn on Saturday despite his tough race in the mud.
Henderson said: "Aintree is only three weeks from Cheltenham and Bobs Worth puts so much into every race. He'll give everything for you, day and night. He seems fine this morning but we'll delay a decision for a week over whether he'll run again this season. It's too soon to decide."
However, Long Run, third to Bobs Worth, is almost certain not to reappear until next season. Owner Robert Waley-Cohen said: "He has run a great race again but I think that'll be it for the season."
Sprinter Sacre is right on target for Punchestown following his stunning win in Wednesday's Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase and looks set to be joined at the festival by Grandouet, who was travelling well when falling in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.