Super Sire has House party
Sire De Grugy completed a hat-trick of notable victories with a convincing victory in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
The Tingle Creek and Desert Orchid Chase winner looked different class in the closing stages as he stormed past Hidden Cyclone over the last two fences.
Sire De Grugy (5-4 favourite), trained by Gary Moore and ridden by his son, Jamie, galloped home by 11 lengths.
There was no emotional triumph for Somersby as the 2012 winner unseated Dominic Elsworth with the race barely at halfway.
Jamie Moore said: "This is all about the horse - some of the jumps he put in were spectacular.
"He was magic today, all the credit to the horse.
"Today he felt as good as he has ever felt.
"Sprinter Sacre is a great horse, but today was his most impressive performance.
"I'm not saying he'll beat the other horse (Sprinter Sacre), but he could do."
Kauto Stone and Hidden Cyclone set off in front and kept their places until Sire De Grugy cruised between them three out.
He pulled away between the final two fences and put in a tremendous leap at the last to seal victory.
Sire De Grugy was roundly cut in the betting to around the 2-1 mark about winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Sprinter Sacre remains the odds-on favourite.