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Quiet week now for Somersby

Mick Channon will give Somersby a week off, but paid tribute to Sire De Grugy as "a real emerging force".

Channon's charge failed to land an emotional victory in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

The 10-year-old unshipped Dominic Elsworth at the fifth fence in the Grade One he won in 2012 to shatter any dreams of retaking the prize just a day after the funeral of his former trainer Henrietta Knight's husband, Terry Biddlecombe.

The West Ilsley trainer told www.mickchannon.tv: "It just wasn't to be, was it?

"It was a real shame because he is in super form. As Hen (Knight) said as we were driving home, though, at this level Somersby needs to be faultless and he is prone to throwing in the odd error.

"He seems fine enough but will have an easy time this week and let him settle down before we make a decision as to our next move.

"That said, Sire De Grugy looks to be a real emerging force and fair play to connections.

"Whilst we were feeling sorry for ourselves, the other side of the coin is the elation of the winners and they certainly showed the best side of jump racing."