All in place for Sire celebration
Gary Moore believes "everything looks ideal" for Sire De Grugy as he tries to sign off his season in the bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase hero has won five times in six starts this season and will most likely be long odds-on to add another Grade One prize to his collection this weekend.
Moore said: "I couldn't be happier with him at the moment and thankfully it looks like the ground should be fine for him.
"They are calling the ground good to soft, so it should be softer than when he won the race last year.
"It looks like there's loads of pace in the race. I can see three possible front-runners, which is perfect.
"Everything looks ideal as far as I'm concerned, so we're looking forward to it."
The trainer's son Jamie will once again be in the saddle this weekend and is similarly confident the stable star will end his campaign on a high.
"He's in good form. I rode him on Saturday and I was pleased with him. Hayley (Moore, sister) rode him on Tuesday morning and he apparently worked well," the jockey told Racing UK.
"They've had a bit of rain and he seems in as good a form as he's been all season.
"He's done us proud and whatever he does on Saturday doesn't matter really, but I do hope he can win and I'm pretty sure he will."
Sire de Grugy's task would appear relatively straightforward given the second-highest rated horse in the field is Henry de Bromhead's Irish raider Special Tiara, who was beaten a little over 15 lengths into sixth at the Cheltenham Festival.
De Bromhead said: "He's in good form and hopefully he'll run a good race.
"I think they are calling the ground good to soft. I think there is a bit more rain forecast, but hopefully they don't get too much.
"Sire De Grugy will be hard to beat and if our horse could finish second to him, we'd obviously be delighted."
The Emma Lavelle-trained Claret Cloak has run two excellent races in defeat this spring, finishing a close third in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham and in the Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree's Grand National meeting.
Lavelle is hoping for another bold show this weekend, but does not expect him to seriously challenge Sire De Grugy.
"He's obviously been to Cheltenham and Aintree, but he seems in really good form," said the trainer.
"By rights nothing should beat Sire De Grugy if he runs his race, but you should never be afraid of one horse and as long as the ground doesn't get any slower, we'll definitely give it a go.
"Whatever happens the horse has been a little star for us all season, so we'll give him one more run and I would imagine then he'll go off on his holidays."
Nicky Henderson saddles French Opera on the day he relinquishes his champion trainers' crown to Paul Nicholls, with the Ditcheat handler represented by the out-of-form Kauto Stone.
Lancetto, Pepite Rose and Australia Day complete the field, although trainer Paul Webber said the latter will only run if the ground is suitable.