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Somersby (left) - Dominic Elsworth - Master Charm (right) - Kempton - November 26 2008

Somersby (left): posseses a very good turn of foot according to Knight

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Knight chasing Tolworth glory with Somersby

HENRIETTA KNIGHT has already picked up one good prize in 2009 when Calgary Bay landed the Grade 2 Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham and the trainer bids for another when Somersby runs in the Blue Square Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

Calgary Bay finished third in this Grade 1 contest last year and Knight also ran Best Mate in the race to finish second behind Monsignor in 2000.

A winner at Kempton last time, Somersby is stepping up steeply in grade but Knight told At The Races: "He deserves another step up in class now. He has had two hurdle races to date but he will be lower rated than all those others tomorrow.

"We think he's a good horse and I hope that we find his level tomorrow.

"He's done very well since Kempton but he is quite babyish, most of them tomorrow will be six-year-olds but he is only five and he is quite a baby but he's a lovely horse - I hope he'll go a long way.

"Chasing will be his game but he has got a very good turn of foot so I hope he'll be able to show it over hurdles as well."


A field of six will go to post for the race, if the meeting survives an 8am inspection.

Nick Gifford's Dee Ee Williams will be looking to enhance his burgeoning reputation after finishing a fine second to Medermit at Ascot just over two weeks ago while Paul Nicholls, who has won the last three runnings of the race with Noland, Silverburn and Breedsbreeze, runs Mahonia.

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