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Sir Des Champs

Sir Des Champs is set to take his chance in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Friday rather than travel to Kempton for the William Hill King George VI Chase two days earlier.

With soft ground seemingly certain at Kempton, connections of the Willie Mullins-trained gelding are favouring the Lexus for the dual Cheltenham Festival winner, meaning another clash with Peter Casey's Flemenstar, this time over three miles.

"Because of the weather we are leaning towards Leopardstown," said Eddie O'Leary, racing manager to owners Gigginstown House Stud.

"I think there is as much rain at Kempton as there is over here, so there is going to be no better ground over there."

Sir Des Champs clashed with Flemenstar earlier this month in the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown over two and a half miles, with the Casey runner coming out on top by five lengths.

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