The trainers of Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre have both issued positive reports on their absent stars ahead of the 888sport Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. The difficulty of keeping high class jumpers on the road was never more evident last season than with Sprinter Sacre and his various problems. In his absence Sire De Grugy swept the board in the Sprinter Sacre displayed heart as well as class to thwart Sire de Grugy in a gripping duel of former Champion Chase winners at Kempton racecourse on Sunday.
Nicky Henderson's charge was returning Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre stay on course for Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase clash at Cheltenham Sire De Grugy has day at the beach to warm up for eagerlyawaited Cheltenham Festival feature However, Un De Sceaux made no such mistake in the Clarence House and promptly recorded a careerbest effort, beating Sire de Grugy who has been in good heart himself this season, winning the Tingle Creek before going down narrowly to Sprinter Scare in the Desert Orchid by five lengths.
But by then Sire De Grugy, who mopped up Britains four Grade One twomile chases in Sprinter Sacres absence, had also been sidelined. In his case it