Sire De Grugy, trained in Sussex by Gary Moore, is expected to be back in action at Newbury tomorrow. He has been off the track for nine months, with his return delayed by injury.
But his jockey Jamie Moore, who rides him out and handles him at home at Cisswood Stables, believes he will be fully fit for the Betfair Price Rush Chase at Newbury, known previously as the Game Spirit Chase- and ready to go on a regain his Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham.
Sire De Grugy had an injury setback in November, after damaging his hip when rolling in his box after exercise and, following a scan, did not resume any work until he cantered shortly before Christmas.
But Jamie Moore said earlier this week that his exercise had been stepped up gradually and predicted that the popular horse will prove to be fitter than he was on his seasonal reappearance last year.
Although Jamie is confident Sire De Grugy is in top form, his father, Gary Moore, told reporters that he wouldn’t be surprised if Sire De Grugy is beaten at Newbury and the main purpose was to get a run into him prior to Cheltenham.
But his workout this week was with Violet Dancer, a horse which Gary Moore expects to run a big race in the Betfair Hurdle, and on that basis the popular chestnut could well be on target to win this prep race, especially with possibly another spin on the all-weather gallops before he runs tomorrow.
There is absolutely no doubt that there is a very special partnership between horse and jockey- which has resulted in 14 wins already and more than £600,000 in prizemoney.