Gary Moore ‘gutted’ as publisher Du Gite kicked out of Game Spirit

Gary Moore has kicked Betfair-sponsored Game Spirit Chase Publisher Du Gite in Newbury.

Winner of his last two races, both at Cheltenham, the Horsham handler was keen to see the eight-year-old try his luck in second-year company en route to an eventual tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

However, the field will now be reduced to just four riders after his blood tests showed something was wrong.

Moore said: “Editor Du Gite doesn’t work in the spirit of the game. We just had a bad blood test and he can’t race.

“He was fine, but I can’t direct him. I’m disgusted, because he had a live chance.

“We have enough time to prepare him for the Champion Chase, but we don’t know if he is good enough to go there. There’s no point running on Saturday when he’s half armed.

The defection of the Publisher Du Gite leaves four in the running: Sceau Royal (Alan King), Hitman (Paul Nicholls), Tightrope walker Sivola (Venetia Williams) and Sky Pirate (Jonjo O’Neill).

Elsewhere on the map, the Clan Des Obeaux formed by Nicholls is one of five declared for the Denman Chase.

Leading the opposition is Williams’ Royale Mayhem, who was last seen producing a fine weight-carrying performance by winning the Peter Marsh Chase for the second time.

Eldorado Allen (Colin Tizzard), Imperial Aura (Kim Bailey) and De Rasher Counter (Emma Lavelle) are the other runners.

Broomfield Burg (Nicky Henderson), Tritonic (King) and last year’s winner Soaring Glory (O’Neill) are among the stars of the Betfair Hurdle.

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