Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy signs off for the season at SandownPICTURE: Getty Images
Stage set for Sire De Grugy to shine
SIRE DE GRUGY will face seven rivals as he bids to cap a memorable season with a repeat win in Saturday's bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown.
Since winning the race 12 months ago, Steve Preston's popular chaser has gone from strength to strength, the highlight coming at Cheltenham in March when successful in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
In the absence of Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy has dominated the two-mile chase division this season, with three of his five wins during the campaign coming at Grade 1 level, including Sandown's prestigious Tingle Creek Chase and the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
The sponsors see Saturday's race as one-sided affair, going 1-3 about the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy, with Claret Cloak next best at 8-1.
Australia Day, French Opera, Kauto Stone, Lancetto, Special Tiara and Pepite Tose complete the field for a race that has been upgraded to Grade 1 status this season.