Simonsig grinds out Arkle win
Simonsig put in a workmanlike display to land the Racing Post Arkle Trophy from outsider Baily Green.
Barry Geraghty's mount refused to settle for the first half of the contest as Overturn and Arvika Ligeonniere helped set the pace, with the favourite close behind.
A big mistake at the ninth fence provided a first moment of concern but as Arvika Ligeonniere quickly folded half a mile from home, Geraghty set his sights on Overturn.
Donald McCain's charge made a shuddering mistake three from home to leave Simonsig in front, but it quickly became clear that outsider Baily Green (33/1) was travelling well in behind.
Sound jumps at the final two fences were enough for Simonsig, who was made to work hard for a two and a quarter length success from Mouse Morris' Baily Green.
His Excellency stayed on well under a patient ride to take third for David Pipe.
Geraghty said: "It was harder work than I thought. The ground is dead, and maybe that didn't help.
"He missed one down the back and that was unlike him.
"He was very good at the second-last and tight at the last.
"It didn't set the headlines as we thought he might, but he was very good."