Knight backs Somersby to shine

Henrietta Knight believes Somersby is becoming a better horse as he gets older ahead of Saturday's BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.

The nine-year-old illustrated the point at Exeter last month when he won the Haldon Gold Cup by a head on his seasonal bow.

Somersby is now trained by Mick Channon following the retirement of Knight, who still plays a big part in the upkeep of the West Ilsley handler's jumps string.

She told The Daily Mail: "I think steeplechasers get better as they get older.

"Take Edredon Bleu - he was 12 when won the King George. I think there is plenty more ahead of Somersby.

"We just decided to miss Ascot to give him more time between his races. That is what he needs. He will have an extra two weeks since Exeter.

"He is not an easy horse to train because he is quite delicate and a bit neurotic. He does not take too many races but Mick says he is in very good form again so hopefully he will put up another good performance."