Sire De Grugy: Gary Moore’s old favourite has won two Tingle Creeks
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By James Burn 5:01PM 21 NOV 2016
SIRE DE GRUGY will head to next month’s Betfair Tingle Creek, which he won last year and in 2013, off the back of one of his best ever performances, reckons Gary Moore.
The ten-year-old defied top weight to win a valuable handicap at Ascot on Saturday, a performance that thrilled the trainer.
Moore reported his 2014 Champion Chase hero to have taken the race well and is relishing Sandown’s Grade 1, which he will also field Ar Mad in.
“I was impressed with Sire De Grugy on Saturday,” Moore told the media as he worked the pair at his Sussex base on Monday morning.
“I thought it was a great performance. He jumped impeccably on Saturday – I don’t think I’ve seen him jump as well. If he jumps like that at Sandown it will be a massive bonus for him; I can’t wait.”
Sire De Grugy is a general 5-1 for the Tingle Creek, while his stablemate Ar Mad is around the 11-4 mark.
He won the Grade 1 Racing Post Henry VIII Novices’ Chase over the Tingle Creek course and distance last year, but has been absent since February.
“He had a fracture and a screw inserted, but it’s been good and he schooled the other morning and went very well,” added Moore, whose sons Jamie (Sire De Grugy) and Josh (Ar Mad) will ride the pair.
“He didn’t go left or right, but was straight as an arrow and hasn’t hung in his work or anything. He’s well on target for the Tingle Creek.”
A deadheat at Sandown would delight Moore, who said: “On a line through Vaniteux, Ar Mad’s going to have a fight on his hands to beat Sire De Grugy. Sire would be a better work horse and have a bit more speed. I think if you ran them over two and a half miles Ar Mad would kill him, but over two Sire’s always had that bit of class. He was a 140-odd hurdler and Ar Mad wouldn’t have been that class over hurdles, but if he improves like he did from four to five, to five to six, he could be anything.”