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Jamie Moore and Sire de Grugy celebrate victory in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase

Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy signs off for the season at Sandown

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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.

Having provided him with a first ever Cheltenham Festival success, Sire De Grugy's regular rider Jamie Moore is relishing the opportunity to ride him one last time this season.

Moore, who also enjoyed big-race success with Al Co in the Scottish Grand National earlier in the month, said: "It's been a good year, I've had better years numbers-wise but I've won a nice few big races and that's what it's all about."

Of Sire De Gurgy, he added: "He's in good form. We haven't stopped any work with him, Dad was keen not to count his chickens in case it was really quick ground but he's all set to go. It would be the prefect end to the season but he's got to win first."

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 Rose complete the field for a race that has been upgraded to Grade 1 status this season.


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