Sire de Grugy back on Sunday
Former champion chaser Sire De Grugy is set to return to action at Chepstow on Sunday after pleasing in a schooling session on Monday.
Sire De Grugy returns to action at Chepstow this weekend.
Having made both Un De Sceaux and Sprinter Sacre find top gear with two big runs last winter, coming hot on the heels of a glorious victory in the Tingle Creek Chase, Sire De Grugy's season petered out in the spring with disappointing efforts both at Cheltenham and Sandown
However, writing for Betway, trainer Gary Moore on Monday described the 10-year-old as being "bang on course" to make his return.
"He galloped on Saturday and, after the rain we've had, was able to school this morning. Jamie [Moore] popped him over 12 fences and he did it nicely. We were both delighted with him," he said.
"This weekend's race is over two and a half miles and we will know where we stand with him afterwards. Whether or not he still has the gears to be competitive in a Betway Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, only time will tell.
"He certainly doesn't seem to have lost any speed, though. When I turn him and Dutch Masterpiece out in the paddock, he normally wins the sprint to the other side and that horse was beaten a nostril in a competitive sprint at Ascot on the weekend.
"The reason for heading to Chepstow is that he likes it there having won at the venue twice already. In all probability he should also get his preferred soft ground there too. So, we will hold off making any firm plans for him until we get Sunday out of the way."
Meanwhile, Moore suggested that his other two high-class two-mile steeplechasers, Traffic Fluide and Ar Mad, could end up bidding to emulate Sire De Grugy in the Tingle Creek Chase.
"They are both coming along nicely and are on the comeback trail," the trainer said. "Touching wood, everything seems good so far.
"They are both cantering and if they remain in one piece, there is a chance they could both head to the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December.
"As with Sire De Grugy, we won't make any firm plans until we get that first run out of the way. There is every chance that both could stay at two miles or both could step up in trip. We'll just have to see."
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