Moore mulls Sire De Grugy options

Gary Moore will have to scour the programme book to try to find a suitable prep race ahead of the Tingle Creek Chase after Sire De Grugy was a late withdrawal from his intended seasonal debut at Chepstow.

Sire De Grugy: Missed Chepstow assignment

The 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase hero was taken out of the John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase as Moore's jockey son Jamie felt the ground had dried out too much at the Welsh venue.

"Jamie rang me as I'm at Goodwood with a couple of runners and said he wasn't happy with the ground, so I said take him out and that's what he's done," said Moore.

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"The clerk of the course rang me this morning and said it no longer had any soft patches in it. He said it was now good.

"They had watered the last two furlongs and Jamie said that was the only place that was good. There are a lot of other furlongs before that and that's why we took him out."

Though the Tingle Creek at Sandown is not run until December 3, there are limited opportunities for his star chaser.

"I'll have to have a look where to go with him now. Obviously that was his prep run before the Tingle Creek. That's eight weeks away so I'd like to run him before then if I could, but whether I can find a race is another thing.

"There's probably a race at Cheltenham but I wouldn't be fussed about going there with him."

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