Moore keen to supplement Ar Mad for King George

Ar Mad: may be aimed at the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day

PICTURE: Getty Images Moore keen to run Ar Mad in King George
By Lee Mottershead 11:38AM 4 DEC 2016

THE 32Red King George VI Chase could be boosted by the addition of a new star name after Gary Moore revealed he is now keen to supplement Ar Mad if it seems likely Thistlecrack will miss the race.

On his first outing in 292 days Ar Mad ran a hugely encouraging race to finish fourth in Saturday's Betfair Tingle Creek Chase, staying on strongly for a closing fourth having initially set a punishing early pace before jumping errors, particularly at the first Railway fence, blunted his momentum.

Ar Mad's owner, Ashley Head, would need to spend £10,000 to give his six-year-old the option of running in the sport's Christmas showpiece, in which he was originally entered only to be then pulled out.

"I would definitely consider putting him back into the King George," said Moore on Sunday.

"If Thistlecrack looks like running at Kempton, I wouldn't bother, but if he isn't going there I would more than likely let Ar Mad take his chance.

"We don't have to enter him until the 19th, so I've got plenty of time to talk with the owner."

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