Racegoers were treated to a timely sight of Sire De Grugy working out at Plumpton’s track on Monday prior to racing.The new favourite for the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, following the withdrawal of Sprinter Sacre, had travelled from Gary Moore’s Lower Beeding yard for a workout alongside stablemate Light Well.
Spectators who were there 40 minutes before racing started were thrilled to see the chestnut horse with his distinctive white blaze, with usual rider Jamie Moore on board, put through his paces over a mile and a half, with Joshua Moore riding stablemate Light Well alongside.
Sire De Grugy had been sent away for a good rest after his last race and Gary Moore explained that he wanted to work him round a left-hand track in preparation for Cheltenham and give him a good blow.
“We were pleased to be able to bring him here today. He needed this piece of work and hopefully it will have put him spot on for Cheltenham,” he said.
Jamie Moore, who rides out Sire de Grugy at home, giving him a very individual routine, added: ” I’m well pleased with him. We have got him where we want him for Cheltenham. He needed that little bit today and I let him stride on up to the top of the hill. He switches off nicely then when he turns in he comes alive.
“All our horses are looking really well at the minute, including him. He’s won left-handed and I know he’s been beaten at Cheltenham but that doesn’t worry me. Hopefully we get him there in one piece and he gives a good account.”