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Dominic Elsworth riding Somersby

Somersby: "sound and happy" after the Champion Chase

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Cheltenham Festival: 'Top-class' Somersby could run again this term

SOMERSBY, who ran a fine race to be second to Sire De Grugy in Wednesday's Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, could run again this season with trainer Mick Channon eyeing the big spring meetings at Aintree and Punchestown for the classy ten-year-old.

Making his sixth festival appearance, Somersby could not match the impressive Sire De Grugy, but fared best of the rest despite his 14-1 starting price.

Channon was understandably chuffed with his effort and felt the same about the "monster" Sgt Reckless, who stayed on well to be fourth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 33-1.

"Sgt Reckless is rather decent. Four years has told us that," Channon reported on his website. "Somersby is a top-class horse who is running out of time.

"So where do we go from here? The Sgt is as hard as nails, it will be a travesty if he doesn't prove he's the monster we believe and we'll see if Somersby is ready to have a crack again before the season is over.

"Aintree and Punchestown are possibilities. Both have come back sound and happy."

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