SIMONSIG has proved the ultimate high-profile graduate of Ulster region point to points in recent seasons.
Trained at Cullybackey by Ian Ferguson to win both his completed point to point starts and an unlucky faller when appearing the likely winner in his other outing.
Simonsig endorsed his top level potential by concluding the season by winning the Champion Point to Point bumper at Fairyhouse for Airdrie based owner, Ronnie Bartlett by 13 lengths and as was the on-going plan the horse moved to top British trainer, Nicky Henderson.
Last season saw Simonsig win four hurdle races including victories at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals at the very top level.
This term the seven year old has won both his starts over fences at Ascot and Kempton, respectively by 49 and 35 lengths.
The former Ulster horse is now evens favourite for the Arkle Trophy at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and hopefully will again endorse the quality of the local point to point arena which in recent years also produced 2002 Aintree Grand National winner, Bindaree, which was tutored prior to stardom by Lisburn’s George Stewart.