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Somersby to start in style by striking Gold at Exeter

Somersby can start his season off in style by winning the totesport.com Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.

Henrietta Knight deserves another classy chaser and this gorgeous looking six-year-old can use this race as a springboard to greater heights.

It looks the perfect starting point for Somersby, who showed immense promise on his first two starts over fences last season.

He ran a screamer in the Arkle, flying at the finish and just failing to catch Sizing Europe.

By the time Aintree came around he looked to have gone over the top and never looked comfortable when getting beaten by Mad Max.

Somersby could not be in better hands and he is able to start his season off in favourable conditions due to the presence of the top weight.

Philip Hobbs has started the season with a real bang and having seen one of his smart novice hurdlers Dunraven Storm collect at Ascot on Saturday, Dare Me can follow in his footsteps.

Owned by Trevor Hemmings, the six-year-old was sixth behind Cue Card at Cheltenham and just touched off in the Aintree bumper. There will be some long faces if he is beaten in the Totetentofollow Novices' Hurdle at Minehead.

Evan Williams has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Phidippides and now he gets the chance to show it over fences in the Totesport 0800 821 821 Novices' Chase.

Nothing went right for him at Aintree but he remains an exciting prospect this term.

Ottoman Empire looks too good to miss in the Fettercairn Handicap at Kempton. Even though he is by Pivotal, all his three wins have been on the all-weather and there should be more to come.

Paul Hanagan's best chance may be on Baby Strange in the Glayva Handicap.

His title rival Richard Hughes will be looking to Lady Lam in the Whyte And Mackay Handicap to give him a boost.

Silvestre de Sousa's brilliant season has not gone unnoticed by Godolphin and he has been booked by Mahmood Al Zarooni to partner Grand Duchy at Catterick in the Joe Hopwood Memorial Nursery.

Despite a 6lb rise, he should be good enough.


CATTERICK: 1.45 Monsieur Jamie, 2.15 Grand Duchy, 2.45 Wicked Wilma, 3.15 Protaras, 3.45 Mr Wolf, 4.15 Rosewin.

EXETER: 1.35 Court In Motion, 2.05 Dare Me, 2.35 SOMERSBY (NAP), 3.05 Phidippides, 3.35 Swing Bill, 4.05 Young Albert.

KEMPTON: 2.25 Zowington, 2.55 Lady Lam, 3.25 Ottoman Empire, 3.55 Handsome King, 4.25 Baby Strange, 4.55 Harting Hill.

DOUBLE: Somersby and Dare Me