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Published: 17:37 | 15/12/15

Sire takes Tingle Creek glory

Sire De Grugy faced a nervous wait before being confirmed as the winner of the Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park.

The Gary Moore-trained horse appeared to jump across challenger Special Tiara at the last which led to a short delay as a stewards enquiry was lodged.

However, the result stood with the former Champion Chase winner, with Jamie Moore on board, was confirmed as the winner ahead of Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara.

Pre-race favourite Vibralto Valta failed to challenge under Sam Twiston-Davies, with the Pual Nicholls-trained grey fading badly in the final stages.

The field was seriously depleted over the past few days with the withdrawals of Un De Sceaux on Wednesday and Simonsig last night, but four of the remaining seven horses had previously tasted Grade One victory.

Special Tiara made most of the early running ahead of Sire De Grugy, with Vibralto Valtat well in touch in third.

But a magnificant leap three home took Moore's charge into the lead and he looked set to stride away to an easy victory.

But Special Tiara rallied and looked set to challenge as they approached the last before Sire De Grugy's jump appeared to impede Fehily's mount before striding on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

"It's a lot of credit to the horse, the horse hasn't got a routine any more. He tells us what to do," winning jockey Jamie Moore said afterwards.

"He always jumps left, he's jumped a bit left again at the last, I thought Special Tiara was going to get by me, but he's toughed it out. He went again when Special Tiara got to me.

"This horse is my best mate."

Trainer Gary Moore was equally pleased with the outcome, saying: "It's amazing and testament to the staff at home. They work very hard, my vet, my blacksmith, the lad who looks after him, everyone. All the hard work that has gone into getting him back.

"Personally I'd liked to have seen Jamie sit a bit longer, as they'd gone hard from a long way, but he knows him better than me.

"He's like his best mate, when he walks into the yard to tack him up he actually whinnies to him, it's unbelievable. Apart from his wife and children he's the love of his life."

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