Betfair Tingle Creek Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap, Sandown 15:00
1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Saturday 5th December 2015|
1 Sire De Grugy 100/30
2 Special Tiara 3/1
3 Vibrato Valtat 11/4F
7 ran Distances: ¾l, 7l, 6l
TIME 3m 53.90s (slow by 7.90s)
Stewards' inquiry called - Tingle Creek placings remain unaltered - Sire De Grugy is the winner
Gary Moore's talented two-mile chaser won this race and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the 2013-14 campaign, but since then things had not gone smoothly.
However, he continued the tremendous form of his trainer, who was completing a treble after the victories of Flute Bowl and Ar Mad earlier on the card - his third hat-trick from the last three meetings at the track.
A stewards' inquiry was called after Sire De Grugy, a well-backed 100-30 chance, edged out Irish raider Special Tiara by three-quarters of a length, as the first past the post jumped to the left at the last and collided with the runner-up. Vibrato Valtat was third.
Special Tiara, trained by Henry de Bromhead, was the early leader, tracked by Josses Hill and Sire De Grugy before Josses Hill took a crashing fall at the fourth.
Sire De Grugy then took over from Special Tiara at the Railway fences as the pair led from Vibrato Valtat in the build-up to a pulsating climax.
After a tense wait, the placings were confirmed by the stewards and winning rider Jamie Moore said: "It's a lot of credit to the horse, the horse hasn't got a routine any more. He tells us what to do."
Referring to the last-fence incident, he said: "He always jumps left, he's jumped a bit left again at the last, I thought Special Tiara was going to get by me, but he's toughed it out. He went again when Special Tiara got to me.
"This horse is my best mate."
Gary Moore said: "It's amazing and testament to the staff at home. They work very hard, my vet, my blacksmith, the lad who looks after him, everyone. All the hard work that has gone into getting him back.
"Personally I'd liked to have seen Jamie sit a bit longer, as they'd gone hard from a long way, but he knows him better than me.
"He's like his best mate, when he walks into the yard to tack him up he actually whinnies to him, it's unbelievable. Apart from his wife and children he's the love of his life."
He went on: "He'll either go to Kempton or the Clarence House Chase at Ascot next."
A disappointed De Bromhead said: "He should have won, obviously he was coming to win the race and the other horse took him out, it was as simple as that. I was delighted with his run, and we will decide where we go next when we get home."
Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)
£150,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 119y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Sire De Grugy (FR) 10/3||J E Moore
|G L Moore||9|
|2nd||¾||Special Tiara 3/1||N D Fehily
|H de Bromhead||8|
|3rd||7||Vibrato Valtat (FR) 11/4f||Sam Twiston-Davies
|P F Nicholls||6|
|4th||6||Somersby (IRE) 9/1||Ms N Carberry
|M R Channon||11|
|5th||7||Mr Mole (IRE) 8/1||B J Geraghty
|P F Nicholls||7|
|6th||s.h||Third Intention (IRE) 16/1||D A Jacob
|C L Tizzard||8|
|F||Josses Hill (IRE) 7/1||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||7|
|NR||Simonsig 11/4||Non Runner
|N J Henderson||9|