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Channon ponders Somersby plans

Somersby is in contention to run at the Aintree and Punchestown festivals.

The Mick Channon-trained 10-year-old excelled at Cheltenham last week, when he finished second behind Sire De Grugy in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Channon was also thrilled with stablemate Sgt Reckless, who claimed fourth spot in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

A statement posted on the West Ilsley handler's website, www.mickchannon.tv, read: "Sgt Reckless is rather decent. Four years has told us that.

"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."