Grugy team plan Sprinter avoidance
Sire de Grugy could make his seasonal reappearance in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November.
The seven-year-old, trained by Gary Moore, showed himself to be a smart two-miler when winning the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April.
However, connections will try to avoid a clash with the Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre.
"He's summered good, he's working well and we're looking forward to the season. I was gutted when I read sprinter Sacre was going to stay at two miles," said the trainer's son and jockey, Jamie on At The Races.
"I was hoping he'd go for the King George and races like that, but he's staying at two miles so we are going to have to try to bypass him. We have to up our game to beat him.
"We'll probably go for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. He could probably start off there and then go for the Tingle Creek.
"I think he's a better horse on soft ground, but he has won good to firm as well. When he's ready to rock and roll he'll be fit and well.
"As long as Sprinter Sacre in not there I think we will be up there with the rest of them.
"Hopefully there are plenty of opportunities for us as the ground doesn't seem to worry him too much.
"We'll play it by ear, though, I don't know exactly where but it could be the Shloer then the Tingle Creek. He won round there (Sandown) last year."
Moore senior said races in France and Exeter would also be considered.
"We are looking at going to France. If not he could go to Exeter for the Haldon Gold Cup," the West Sussex trainer explained.
"He does go on good ground as well, but he's better horse on soft and heavy ground."