Thursday 8 December 2016

Tiara team to delay final call on Tingle Creek appeal

Ashley Iveson

Published 08/12/2015 | 02:30

Jamie Moore riding Sire De Grugy, left, clear the last to win The Betfair Tingle Creek Steeple Chase from Special Tiara (second left) at Sandown
Jamie Moore riding Sire De Grugy, left, clear the last to win The Betfair Tingle Creek Steeple Chase from Special Tiara (second left) at Sandown

Special Tiara's owner Sally Rowley-Williams will wait until later in the week before deciding whether to appeal the result of Saturday's Tingle Creek at Sandown.

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The eight-year-old led the field for much of the two-mile journey in the Grade One contest and although he was headed by the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy before the home turn, he rallied in the straight.

Henry de Bromhead's raider was still in with a chance of victory before being broadsided in mid-air by the eventual winner jumping the final fence and after a battle on the run-in, Sire De Grugy won by three-quarters of a length.

De Bromhead confirmed on Sunday an appeal was being considered, while Rowley-Williams said yesterday: "We'll make a decision by the end of the week.

Discussions

"I'm having discussions with my solicitor and we're waiting for some data to come back. There won't be a decision today."

Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson is awaiting further expert opinion on the splint problem currently afflicting Simonsig. The nine-year-old was a hot favourite for the Tingle Creek but he was pulled out of the race the day before after suffering a setback.

Henderson confirmed that Simonsig's lameness is due to a splint, an issue which kept him on the sidelines for the 2013/14 season, but reports it to be unrelated to his previous injury.

"It's not an uncommon problem in horses, but this doesn't seem to be related to his previous issues," he said.

"He's sore on it and we will have to see what the experts say, I couldn't tell you how long it's going to be at this stage."

Elsewhere, the unbeaten Peace And Co is the star name among 11 possible runners in Saturday's Stanjames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Henderson's charge won each of his three starts last season, completing the hat-trick with victory in the Triumph Hurdle.

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