Moore: Sire jumping key in Creek

Trainer Gary Moore felt Sire De Grugy jumped better than he ever has in his latest outing at Ascot on Saturday and is looking forward to his next assignment with relish.

Jamie Moore poses on Sire De Grugy with the Crystal Palace cheerleaders

The 10-year-old, winner of 13 of his 25 career starts over fences including the 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, roared back into the winner's enclosure at the weekend when defying top weight in the Shawbrook Handicap Chase.

A dual winner of the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (2013 and 2015) in his pomp, the Sandown Grade One is on the agenda again for Moore's stable star and he could be in line to take on the likes of Un De Sceaux, Fox Norton and lightly-raced stablemate Ar Mad.

Moore was particularly thrilled with Sire De Grugy's fencing on Saturday and feels that will stand him in good stead as he return to top-class company on December 3.

"He jumped impeccably on Saturday and I don't think I've seen him jump as well as that," the trainer said.

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"If he jumps like that at Sandown, that would be a massive bonus over all those Railway Fences down the back."

Sire De Grugy is owned by The Preston Family and Friends Ltd and they will again deck Sandown in the red and blue of their beloved Crystal Palace as their popular representative bids for the sixth Grade One victory of his stellar career.

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