Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: GREAT PALM (USA)
Dam: MISS ROYELLO (GB)
Dam Sire: ROYAL FOUNTAIN
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Owner Terry James is offering a 35% share in the promising six-year-old jumper Simon The Great for a price to be negotiated.
A son of the Grp-1 winner Great Palm - famed for siring the likes of Cheltenham Festival winner Great Endeavour and Grade-2 winning chaser Donnas Palm - Simon The Great got his career underway in National Hunt Flat races in the summer of 2018.
Although a little green initially, he improved with racing and ran out a brave winner of a Worcester bumper back in August 2018 at odds of 50/1 on just his fourth appearance, despite suffering significant interference in the closing stages. He was subsequently put away, given time to develop and fill his frame, before running over hurdles. On just his second start over hurdles he was beaten a head at Worcester and he was then a narrowly-beaten third at Fontwell. He has had no hold-ups, blemishes or wind issues and is now fit and ready to run.
It was in that Worcester event back in August that Simon The Great showed his true metal, being beaten only a head by the very talented Sunset Showdown who has since gone on to run Tobefair a close second in a Class 2 hurdle at Cheltenham.
A fine big horse who jumps for fun, he will continue to do well over hurdles, but his long-term future will surely lie over fences.
It should be noted that he is good ground horse and will therefore be at his best during the spring and summer months.
His pedigree certainly nods to this kind of potential. Simon The Great is out of the useful chaser Miss Royello, who completed a hat-trick of victories over fences during the 2004/05 season, whilst further near-relations include the prolific Listed-winning chaser and Mackeson Gold Cup third Sword Beach.
Simon The Great has already achieved plenty but retains enormous potential for further improvement as long as he gets the desired good ground. To coin the old cliché, anything he achieves over hurdles and in bumpers is a bonus, as this lad looks like an exciting chaser for the future.
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