Sire De Grugy set for Ascot run before Tingle Creek

Sire De Grugy: "In great form and we have to let him take his chance"

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Sire De Grugy set for Ascot before Sandown
By Lewis Porteous 4:30PM 17 NOV 2016

SIRE DE GRUGY is set to take his chance in the Shawbrook Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday, with trainer Gary Moore keen to strike with his stable star in such good shape.

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Saturday's extended 2m contest, which could potentially see Sire De Grugy clash with Kylemore Lough, Vaniteux and Garde La Victoire, comes just two weeks before he bids to defend his crown in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase, but Moore is keen to target both races.

"It won't be an easy task as he has to give a hell of a lot of weight away to some good horses, but he seems in great form and we have to let him take his chance," said Moore.

Quoted in his Betway blog, he added: "The only thing about running him is that it only gives us a couple of weeks to the Tingle Creek, but we'd be mad to miss an opportunity like this when he is fit and well.

"We'll see how he is after the weekend, but the plan is still very much to head to Sandown again in a fortnight."

Ar Mad set for Sandown

Moore reports stablemate Ar Mad to be bang on target for the Tingle Creek too as he closes in on a first run since returning injured from a runaway success at Plumpton in February.

The trainer said: "He is very much still on course for Sandown and is in great form at home. He did a good bit of work on Tuesday and needed it as he had a little blow afterwards.

"He schooled for the first time the other morning and he was good – I couldn't be happier with him. The Tingle Creek will tell us a lot more about him – whether we stay at two miles or step him up."

Fluide off games

Moore also had an update on another of the stable's leading lights, although the news on Traffic Fluide was less positive.

He said: "I had hoped to get Traffic Fluide back for the Tingle Creek, but that's not going to happen now as time is against us. He hasn't had a saddle on his back since god knows when.

"The reality is that although he is back in exercise, we're behind and we won't see him back in action until the New Year – probably February, in reality."

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