Ascot on table for Sire de Grugy

Gary Moore is considering letting stablemates Sire De Grugy and Ar Mad take each other on for the second time this season in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

Sire De Grugy continues riderless after losing Jamie Moore at the second fence in the Desert Orchid Chase.

Having clashed in the Tingle Creek at Sandown earlier this month, the pair may now meet again in the Grade One contest at Ascot on January 21.

While the two-mile-one-furlong race is the main target for Ar Mad, it is one of two options for former Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy as he bids to bounce back from his second fence departure in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Wednesday.

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Moore said: "He (Sire De Grugy) just made a clumsy mistake and got rid of Jamie (Moore, jockey). He just got a bit low and didn't get high, it was as simple as that.

"It was totally out of character for the horse, but they are all entitled to one. He carried on jumping round with the others after that. He ate up last night and seems fine this morning.

"The truthful answer is I don't know where he (Sire De Grugy) will go yet, but hopefully it will be the Clarence House. If not, it will be the Game Spirit (at Newbury on February 11).

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"Ar Mad is going straight to the Clarence House then hopefully he will go back there for the Ascot Chase in February. It's a strong possibility that both will run in the Clarence House."

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