Sire de Grugy made his reappearance on Saturday, after being sidelined with a niggling hip injury. On previous form you could perhaps justify 9/10 favouritism, however you'd have to be brave going in at that price for his comeback run. Sire De Grugy in no way disgraced himself at Newbury on the weekend, however, also didn't look the good thing we have seen in the past, paddling through a few fences. Jamie Moore took his mount to go with the pace in, Mr Mole & Uxizandre but hit a fence hard for the second time & unseated Moore three from home. It looks as though Sire De Grugy will not defend his Queen Mother Champion Chase credentials at the festival this year, Moore suggested prior to the run at Newbury. "I think if he doesn’t win, then he probably won’t win a Champion Chase". "I hope he wins. If he doesn’t win he shouldn’t be going to Cheltenham." That being said, it's worth paying credit to the winner, Mr Mole. Paul Nicholls' has done a noteworthy job, turning the tricky character around. Fair enough, Sire De Grugy unseated Moore three from home & Uxizandre shook off Geraghty two fences later, but McCoy had gained a fair advantage by that stage. He jumped soundly to get him round after getting spooked at the off gifting the field a ten length lead.
Bookmakers reacted accordingly with regards to Mr Mole's success cutting him as short as 8/1 for the Queen Mother & Sire De Grugy becomes available at 6's should he make an appearance at the festival.