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Medermit & Robert Thornton (left) Wendel and Noel Fehily (middle) Dee Ee Williams & Liam Treadwell - Ascot Dec 08

Dee Ee Williams (right) set to bounce back from Ascot defeat at Sandown

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Six declared for Saturday's Tolworth

A FIELD of six has been declared for the Grade 1 Blue Square Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

Dee Ee Williams bids to make amends for his Ascot defeat last time as he faces the highly-regarded Somersby, trained by Henrietta Knight.

Knight said on At The Races: "He deserves another stepup 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."

Mahonia will bid to give trainer Paul Nicholls back-to-back wins in the race while the Nicky Henderson-trained Clay Hollister attempts to make it two from two, having won impressively over course and distance on his only hurdles start last month.

Henderson said: "He did that well but I don't think it was a great contest and this is a good contest.

"He came back well and is really sharp. I've been very pleased with him so I thought wemight as well have a go."

The Charlie Mann-trained Wendel was the only entrant not declared for the £50,000 contest.

At 12.45pm on Friday on Betfair's will racing go ahead at Sandown market, Yes wasavailable to back at 1.15, while No was 2.

 
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