Sire De Grugy skips Clarence House
Sire De Grugy will bypass an outing in Saturday's Berkshire Community Foundation Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
Sire De Grugy: Misses Ascot
Trainer Gary Moore had initially stated he was a doubtful runner in the Grade One, but the prospect of soft ground threw the 2014 Champion Chase winner back into the mix.
He may have turned 11 two weeks ago, but the chestnut has been as good as ever this season, winning at Ascot and finishing a length second to Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek at Sandown.
He then went to Kempton for the Desert Orchid Chase where, although an early casualty, he ended up galloping the whole two miles.
Moore feels Sire De Grugy needs a little longer to recover from those exertions, although the yard will still be represented by Ar Mad.
"He's not going to run at the weekend," said Moore.
"It's coming too soon for him. I know he got rid of Jamie early, but he galloped a full circuit.
"He'll go straight to Newbury now for the Game Spirit.
"Ar Mad will run and it at least means Jamie can ride him."