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Star duo to work at Kempton

Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre could be set for a pre-Cheltenham meeting as both horses are pencilled in to work at Kempton on February 22.

Nicky Henderson has highlighted a spin at the Sunbury track, either on the all-weather or turf course, as a crucial part of Sprinter Sacre's Festival build-up following his heart scare over Christmas.

Sire De Grugy was the main beneficiary when Sprinter Sacre was pulled up in the Desert Orchid Chase in December, going on to win by four lengths before subsequently storming to victory in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot last month.

Trainer Gary Moore reports his charge in good form as he freshens him up for a crack at the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase and admits Kempton could prove a nice stepping stone on the way to Cheltenham.

He said: "Kempton have very kindly offered us the opportunity to work at the track and it might be the best option with the way the ground is.

"It's on February 22, though, and with the way the forecast is, you just never know.

"It's so far, so good with the horse. A lot can happen between now and next month, but at the moment I'm very happy with the horse."