Duo out of Celebration Chase

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 10:09 BST

Sire De Grugy's chances of back-to-back victories in the bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown today have been further boosted by the defection of Claret Cloak and Australia Day.

Sire De Grugy: Great chance for another win
Sire De Grugy: Great chance for another win

Gary Moore's champion chaser was already skinny odds to defend his crown, but he will now face just five rivals in the newly upgraded Grade One over two miles.

Claret Cloak and Australia Day were both declared non-runners due to the ground at the Esher circuit, which is currently good to soft, good in places, on the chase course.