Sire Du Grugy proves class apart in Tingle Creek to give Moore first Grade One win

Gary Moore believed neither himself nor Sire De Grugy would ever have a better chance of a Grade One win than in the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase and the chestnut lived up to his expectations up the Sandown slope.

Sprinter Sacre's absence had made this an immeasurably easier task, but the tricky fences along the back straight still stood in their way and Moore's son Jamie was put to the test.

But Sire De Grugy's tremendous cruising speed and determination prevented him from being boxed in on the tight run around the last couple of fences and a storming leap at the last gave him enough breathing space to thwart the staying-on Somersby by four lengths.


Forging clear: Sire De Grugy clears away from Captain Conan after the last to win the Sandown feature

The 7-4 joint-favourite had picked up the Celebration Chase over course and distance last April when still a novice, and his growing maturity saw him shake off a surprising defeat last time at Cheltenham.

A typically inexpensive purchase by the Moore family, who are steady fixtures on the smaller southern tracks, Sire De Grugy was given a welcome from a crowd appreciative of a major victory for one of the less fashionable combinations.

Moore senior said: '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, it doesn't always make them. He was cheap.

'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.'

Sire De Grugy

Class apart: Sire De Grugy makes it a day to remember for the Moore family

Sire De Grugy

Sprinter Sacre could make his belated reappearance in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over Christmas, and Moore believes it would be his only chance of beating the National Hunt great.

He said: 'I'm going to have to take him on at some point and I'd rather it was at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase, December 27). If I want to swerve him I can go to Leopardstown, but I'd say he'll go to Kempton.

'He won't necessarily go to Cheltenham as I think he needs a more conventional track. For some people it's the be all and end all, but not for me. I'd like to take him to France at some stage.'

His son, for once stealing the spotlight from brother Ryan, said: 'I'm delighted for my dad. For me personally it is my best achievement, there was a bit of pressure as we love him to pieces.'


Mouthwatering clash: Sprinter Sacre (above) could clash with Sire De Grugy at Kempton over Christmas