Sire De Grugy set for seasonal reappearance

The former champion chaser is set to return to action at Chepstow on Sunday.

Sire De Grugy set for seasonal reappearance

Last year's Tingle Creek winner looks likely to grace the Welsh venue for a third consecutive season on Sunday in the 2m3½f John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase.

Trainer Gary Moore has been pleased with the 10-year-old's work and will use Sunday's race to determine which races to target this season: "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."

Writing in his Betway blog, Moore said: "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."

"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,".