Sire De Grugy was set to make his reappearance at Chepstow on Sunday
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By Alex Wiltshire 4:15PM 9 OCT 2016
THE anticipated seasonal reappearance of former Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy was put on hold after trainer Gary Moore withdrew the ten-year-old from a race at Chepstow on account of the quick ground.
Sire De Grugy, who won the Champion Chase in 2014, was due to step up to two and a half miles for just the second time in his career after ending last season in disappointing fashion, finishing eighth in the Champion Chase before being well beaten in the Celebration Chase.
He may now not be unleashed until the Tingle Creek at Sandown on December 3 if a suitable race cannot be found.
Moore, speaking at Goodwood, said: “The clerk of the course [at Chepstow] was very good and rang me to say he had watered and it was good ground, which was fine. But when Jamie [Moore] walked the course only the last two furlongs were good.
“It’s a nuisance as we were ready to run. I want to get a run into him but I don’t really want to go to Cheltenham [for the Shloer Chase]. If we have to we’ll wait for the Tingle Creek.”
Sire De Grugy’s intended race at Chepstow was won by the Paul Nicholls-trained Art Mauresque, who repelled the challenge of the staying-on Double Shuffle in the closing stages.