Monday 11 December 2017

Sire De Grugy digs deep to claim dramatic Tingle Creek Chase

Sire De Grugy ridden by Jamie MooreLeads Special Tiara ridden by Noel Fehily over the last fence before going on to win the The Betfair Tingle Creek Steeple Chase Race
Sire De Grugy ridden by Jamie MooreLeads Special Tiara ridden by Noel Fehily over the last fence before going on to win the The Betfair Tingle Creek Steeple Chase Race

Sire De Grugy returned to form in dramatic style as he landed the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase for a second time at Sandown.

Gary Moore's talented two-mile chaser won this race and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the 2013-14, but since then things had not gone smoothly.

However, he continued the tremendous form of his trainer who was completing a treble after the victories of Flute Bowl and Ar Mad earlier on the card - his third hat-trick from the last three meetings at the track.

A stewards' inquiry was called after Sire De Grugy, a well-backed 100-30 chance, edged out Irish raider Special Tiara by three-quarters of a length, as the first past the post jumped to the left at the last and collided with the runner-up. Vibrato Valtat was third.

Special Tiara, trained by Henry de Bromhead, was the early leader, tracked by Josses Hill and Sire De Grugy before Josses Hill took a crashing fall at the fourth.

Sire De Grugy then took over from Special Tiara at the Railway fences as the pair led from Vibrato Valtat in the build-up to a pulsating climax.

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