Grugy limbers up for Sprinter
Celebration Chase winner Sire De Grugy is in line to return at Chepstow on Saturday in the totepool.com Home of King Size Pools Handicap Chase.
Trained by Gary Moore, Sire De Grugy has won four of his six starts over fences and despite being a novice got the better of former Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Finian's Rainbow at Sandown in April.
Moore realises he may have to take on the immovable object that is Sprinter Sacre for the rest of the season, so is keen for his charge to have at least have one run before meeting Nicky Henderson's star.
"I think he'll probably go to Chepstow as he's likely to get his ground," said Moore.
"He galloped this morning and went well so as long as he scopes clean and his blood is right later in the week he'll run. He needs a run and he's bound to improve a good deal from it.
"The thing is the next race for him is at Cheltenham, the Shloer Chase (November 17), where we'll have to take on that big, black thing (Sprinter Sacre) by the sounds of it.
"In all those good two-mile chases this season if he's there it's likely to be small fields, but there's massive prize money so we'll go chasing some of it. If he doesn't go to Cheltenham he could go for the Haldon Gold Cup (Exeter, November 5) but Cheltenham is the plan.
"He's got tremendous speed this horse, he gallops and mostly beats my 10-furlong horses, so I'm not too keen on stepping him up in trip."
Meanwhile, Moore fears Well Refreshed could be too high in the handicap this season after his productive campaign last term.
The nine-year-old prospered in the testing ground which prevailed for most of the last National Hunt season, winning four races including the valuable Grand National Trial at Haydock.
His season ended in the Bet365 Gold Cup where he struggled on fast ground and it was a similar story on his reappearance at Cheltenham on Saturday.
"The ground was too quick for him at Cheltenham on Saturday but I think the top and bottom of it is that he's just not a 140 horse," said Moore.
"He's a horse that will always benefit from his first run, anyway, so I'd expect him to improve a good deal from it, and we know he likes it very soft. The Welsh National is still the plan with him and he'll have an entry in the Hennessy, too - he might get his ground there, you never know."