Sire De Grugy: coud reappear at Cheltenham on Sunday
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BRILLIANT Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy features among ten entries made for the Listed Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.
Although he was beaten in this race last year, Sire De Grugy went on to dominate the two-mile division with victories in the Tingle Creek, Desert Orchid, Clarence House, Champion and Celebration Chases.
Module, who was third to Sire De Grugy in the Champion Chase, has been given an entry by trainer Tom George while Paul Nicholls has entered both Dodging Bullets and Rebel Rebellion.
Alan King has entered Uxizandre in the race but he is unsure whether the six-year-old will take his chance in this race or the previous afternoon’s Paddy Power Chase.
Writing in his weekly column in the Racing Post Weekender, King said: “We have Uxizandre in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, although he is not certain to take his chance so we have also put him in the Shloer Chase on Sunday.
“I’m pretty certain he’ll run at Cheltenham but I can’t say which race he’ll go in.
“His owner, JP McManus, has other entries in the Paddy Power, so we’ll be governed by that and I will talk with his racing manager Frank Berry later in the week.
“The Shloer gives us an option over 2m. We haven’t run the horse over that trip for a while, but AP McCoy felt last year that we shouldn’t be frightened to do it so it is a consideration.
“Uxizandre ran well when he finished fourth in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month and I think he’s come on nicely for that. He worked well last weekend and I hope that should have put him on top form. Wherever he goes, I hope he will run very well.”
John Ferguson’s promising Commissioned figures among 12 entries made for the Grade 2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle while Alelchi Inois, the winner of his last five races, features in the 11 entries made for the Grade 2 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase.
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