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Gary Moore: Sire De Grugy set to reappear at Chepstow next week

01 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Gary Moore: Sire De Grugy set to reappear at Chepstow next week

Betway Champion Chase hopeful to be back ‘bigger than ever’

Sire De Grugy seems in great form and looks as good as ever.

He’s actually carrying more condition this year than he’s ever done before and is about 10 or 15 kilos heavier than usual.

Whether he’s just doing better or if it’s middle-aged spread, I’m not so sure!

He may strip a bit lighter in the coming weeks, but one thing for sure is he’s definitely bigger now than he’s ever been.

The plan at this stage is to run him at Chepstow on Sunday week (11th October) over 2m 3f as long as the ground is good to soft or softer.

They do say there is rain coming in at the end of next week so that looks our most likely starting point.

The soft ground is just so important to him and his work is so much better when there is rain about.

His schooling has been fantastic which is important because it was his jumping that let him down last year.

He came back really sore from Aintree last spring, but he’s had plenty of physio and seems A1 now.

We were always playing catch up last season and this time around we’ve had no hold-ups or anything like that.

If he doesn’t go to Chepstow, we’ve got the option of the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in the first week of November, or even a race like the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham… we’ll just keep a close eye on the weather.

Wherever we decide to go with Sire De Grugy also impacts where we go with the exciting Traffic Fluide.

He’s another in good form and could easily turn out to be a Betway Champion Chase contender too if he proves he’s quick enough to stay at two miles.

He ran a really good race at Aintree on good ground so he’s not dependent on a soft surface.

There are enough races to keep the two of them apart at this stage and he’s also likely to stay a bit further in time too.

If Sire De Grugy does go to Chepstow, Traffic Fluide might head to Exeter for the Haldon Gold Cup instead.

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