Connections and backers of Sire De Grugy will hope that he is back on track for the Champion Chase when he runs at Chepstow

Connections of the impressive winner of last year’s Champion Chase will hope that his second outing of the season will be more successful than his first. A faller at Newbury after coming back from injury, the Moore horse looked short of his best. Quoted at 6/1 for the festival feature, Sire De Grugy will take this race at Chepstow in his stride. If he doesn’t perform again he is certain to drift for the two mile championship at the Festival.

Paul Nicholls looks double handed with Easter Day and Rocky Creek in the Betbright Chase at Kempton. Easter Day fell when going well last time and Rocky Creek certainly has the class to be a contender at this level even with his weight.

The Eider Chase at Newcastle could be dominated by the top two in the weights Wyck Hill who holds course form and Shotgun Paddy is due to win a race like this someday soon.

With the All Weather Championships a couple of months away, the card at Lingfield will see many of the Good Friday hopefuls making appearances including the 2014 Champions Grandeur and Alben Star.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – EASTER DAY (KEMPTON 3.45)

Fell three out when travelling exceptionally well at Cheltenham last month. The Nicholls will now be spot on for this valuable prize and is certain to go close.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – SOVEREIGN DEBT E/W (LINGFIELD 2.15)

This talented horse has Group One form in the book including a second in the Lockinge at Newbury. Now down in grade and having finished a close second at the course last time expect another bold show.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – SIRE DE GRUGY (CHEPSTOW 3.35)

Archer would have certainly have been keen to take the ride on the Champion two miler in this small field. Archer would have had faith that he would improve from his first outing.

Crockford’s Gambles on Saturday 21 February:

Kempton – All Yours (2.00), Melodic Rendezvous (2.35), Vago Collonges (3.10), Easter Day and Rocky Creek e/w (3.45)

Chepstow – Champagne Chaser e/w (1.55), Ashes House e/w (2.30), Albert Bridge (3.05), Sire De Grugy (3.35) and Katkeau e/w (4.10)

Lingfield – Alben Star (1.45),  Sovereign Debt e/w (2.15), Grandeur (3.25) and Fair Value (5.05)

Newcastle – Wakanda (1.50), Shotgun Paddy e/w and Wyck Hill e/w (2.55), Debdeddeb (4.05), Definite Dream (4.40) and Vintage Clouds (5.10)

Fairyhouse – Dogora (1.35), Spring Heeled (2.05) and Two Rockers e/w (2.40)

 

(Featured photograph – Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham 2014)

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