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Duo out of Celebration Chase

Sire De Grugy's chances of victory in the Celebration Chase at Sandown have been boosted by the defection of Claret Cloak and Australia Day.

Gary Moore's champion chaser was already skinny odds to defend his crown, but he will now face just five rivals in the newly upgraded Grade One over two miles.

Claret Cloak and Australia Day were both declared non-runners due to the ground at the Esher circuit, which is currently good to soft, good in places, on the chase course.