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Published: 17:37 | 16/12/15

Moore eyes Sire improvement


Gary Moore has yet to decide where to run Sire De Grugy next but is in no doubt there is more to come from his Tingle Creek Chase winner.

Having been beaten by 39 lengths on his reappearance in November, the nine-year-old bounced back to land the feature at Sandown on Saturday and underline his Queen Mother Champion Chase credentials.

Sire De Grugy struggled last season due to a slight problem early on and there were fears that he was not the horse he once was when he disappointed on his reappearance at Exeter.

However, he silenced the doubters with his performance at Sandown and his trainer believes he has room to improve.

"It's been tough getting Sire De Grugy back to his best and, even though he won impressively on Saturday, I promise you he is capable of much better still," Moore wrote in his Betway Insider Blog.

"I know there is more to come from him and that win is just a really good step back in the right direction.

"What pleased me the most on Saturday was that his jumping was outstanding and he cut out the silliness he has shown in that department in some of his recent races. Watching from the stands I knew when he sailed over the ditch (the second fence) that he was going to be tough to beat."

Despite bumping into Special Tiara at the final fence, Sire De Grugy kept the race and Moore believes the stewards made the right decision.

"Plenty has been written and said about the mid-air collision between us and Special Tiara at the last, but if you watch the race again my horse is going away at the line. He was really brave and was just as inconvenienced by the coming together as the runner-up," he explained.

"As for where we go next, we'll just see how he is over the coming days. He seems fine at the moment and has come out of the race really well. We've got the possibility of the Desert Orchid at Kempton in a few weeks, or we could wait for the Clarence House at Ascot in January.

"We won't rush him and hopefully all roads will lead back to Cheltenham in March where we'll try to win back our Betway Champion Chase crown."

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