BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase
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(Grade 3 Handicap), Sandown
£120,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m, Class 1
Saturday 7th December 2013

1 Sire De Grugy 7/4J
2 Somersby 4/1
3 Captain Conan 7/4J
9 ran Distances: 4l, 3¼l, 9l
TIME 3m 51.40s (slow by 5.40s)

Sire De Grugy made the most of the absence of Sprinter Sacre to run out an impressive winner of the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown for the father and son combination of Gary and Jamie Moore.

Sire de Grugy
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Sire de Grugy

Always held in the highest regard by trainer Gary, the seven-year-old had been surprisingly beaten at Cheltenham last month, but put that blip right in emphatic style.

Kauto Stone led for a long way, but with Captain Conan never far away, and the latter jumped two out in front. Moore jnr was forced to switch wide turning for home on 7-4 joint-favourite Sire De Grugy but soon collared his fellow market leader and stormed clear after the last to beat the running-on Somersby by four lengths.

The winning jockey, brother of top Flat pilot Ryan, said: "I'm delighted for my dad. He just jumped a little bit left at a couple down the back, I don't know why, but that's where the ground is at its quickest and he probably does want a bit of dig in the ground.

"For me personally it is my best achievement - there was a bit of pressure as we love him to pieces."

Moore snr added: "It means the world, it's what you get up for, and it just goes to show it doesn't matter what you pay for them, as this was a cheap horse.

"A lot of top people passed him over but a lot of credit must go to Jamie, as he went and saw him and said 'you've got to buy this horse as soon as you can'."

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The Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over Christmas remains the next likely port of call for Sire De Grugy.

Trainer Gary Moore fulfilled an ambition of a first Grade One success in the two-mile feature, and to make the occasion even more memorable his stable star was ridden by his son, Jamie.

Sprinter Sacre
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Sprinter Sacre
"I hope to run him at Kempton. I know we have to take Sprinter Sacre on at some point and I'd rather it was there (on December 27)," said the handler.

"It was very special for myself to have a Grade One winner with our horse and Jamie riding it, and it's special for the owners as well.

"It was very good, the horse did the job well. It all went to plan for a change.

"He's got a big heart, he's very genuine because it wasn't really his ground. He wants softer ground.

"He's absolutely fine. He ate all his food last night and he trotted out nice and sound this morning and is out in the paddock."

Betvictor Tingle Creek Chase
£135,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Sire De Grugy
G L Moore
J E Moore
11st 7lbs
7 - 4
Winner
2
Somersby
M R Channon
D Elsworth
11st 7lbs
4 - 1
4 lengths
3
Captain Conan
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 7lbs
7 - 4
3 1/4 lengths
4
Oiseau de Nuit
C L Tizzard
Brendan Powell
11st 7lbs
20 - 1
9 lengths
5
Kauto Stone
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 7lbs
11 - 1
1 length
6
Viva Colonia
B Ellison
L Aspell
11st 7lbs
66 - 1
14 lengths
7
Tataniano
R Rowe
A Thornton
11st 7lbs
40 - 1
9 lengths
8
His Excellency
D Pipe
A P McCoy
11st 7lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
Ref
Mad Moose
N A Twiston-Davies
D Crosse
11st 7lbs
40 - 1
       

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