Simonsig: has not been sighted since winning Racing Post Arkle in 2013PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Simonsig ruled out of King George return
SIMONSIG will miss the William Hill King George VI Chase after trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed he would not be ready to return to action in the Kempton showpiece on December 26.
Henderson had already indicated the Christmas highlight might not be an ideal comeback target for a horse that has been off the track since winning the 2013 Racing Post Arkle Trophy after developing a splint in his near-fore.
And on Thursday, underlining the horse's training had not been straightforward and there was no comeback date, he told the Racing Post: "He is not going to run in the King George.
"He is a bit stop-start at the moment. It has been two steps forward, one step back and sometimes two back. It is frustrating."
Simonsig was between an 8-1 and 12-1 shot for the King George, the market for which is headed by Silviniaco Conti at a best-priced 11-4.