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Sire De Grugy sparkling for 2016 Cheltenham Festival tilt

Jon Wilde in Wed. 15th March 3 Mar 2016
  • Sire De Grugy aims to regain the Queen Mother Champion Chase crown
  • Trainer Gary Moore reports his stable star to be sparkling in his work
Sire De Grugy (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Trainer Gary Moore is upbeat about the prospects of his stable star Sire De Grugy, who is set to be part of a star-studded line-up for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

Sire De Grugy is among three previous winners of the two-mile chasing crown, along with Dodging Bullets and Sprinter Sacre, who will be trying to stop Willie Mullins-trained hotpot Un De Sceaux from justifying ante-post odds-on favouritism.

Moore’s now 10-year-old claimed the title in 2014 when Sprinter Sacre was sidelined by a physical problem and finished fourth behind Dodging Bullets last season.

The trainer feels his gelding has benefited from a recent break following a busy Christmas and new year period.

Moore has suffered more than his fair share of ill-fortune in recent weeks as he has had Ar Mad and Traffic Fluide sidelined for the season, while recent Kingmaker Chase winner Violet Dancer died after suffering complications following surgery. However, he has reported all to be well with Sire De Grugy.

He said:
“Sire De Grugy galloped on Tuesday morning and I was delighted by what I saw as he worked very well. 
“He's very keen and very strong, exactly the way I want him to be. In fact, he's tanking now and moving as well as he's ever done.”

Sire De Grugy had a busy time of things in the midwinter period, winning the Tingle Creek Chase for the second time before chasing home Sprinter Sacre at Kempton and then Un De Sceaux at Ascot, all in the space of seven weeks.  

Moore feels his former champion was not quite at his best when claiming second behind Un De Sceaux at Ascot and is better for having had a short period off exercise.

He added:
“The 10-day break we gave him out in the field after Ascot has obviously done him the world of good. 
“I think he actually had a harder race at Kempton over Christmas than we thought and was possibly still feeling those exertions at Ascot in the Clarence House Chase. He had three relatively quick races so the downtime since then has really helped him.”


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Sire De Grugy sparkling for 2016 Cheltenham Festival tilt

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