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GARY MOORE has won two of the past three Betfair Tingle Creek Chases and targets a third with Sire De Grugy and Ar Mad in the Grade 1 contest at Sandown on Saturday.
The west Sussex handler won the Tingle Creek in 2013 and 2015 with Sire De Grugy whose nine victories include the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
The 11-year-old pleased connections with his comeback run this season at Aintree in October. He followed up with a victory in a Class 2 chase at Ascot last month and Horsham-based Moore says Sandown suits his two entries.
“I was pleased with Sire De Grugy’s run at Liverpool,” Moore said. “He ran bad first time out last year after having two racecourse gallops. He hasn’t had any racecourse gallops this year and hardly schooled on grass because the ground was so firm.
“His homework has been good and this was the obvious place to come He could have gone for the Shloer but he is a better horse here than he is at Cheltenham,” the trainer told the Racing Post.
Ar Mad has already won twice at Sandown and was a leading contender for the Racing Post Arkle Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival after winning four successive chases. The quartet included a Grade 1 at this meeting last year, where he produced a tremendous front-running display to secure a wide-margin victory.
“Round here [Sandown] I think Ar Mad is very good,” Moore said after the Grade 1 success. “He wasn’t entitled to be in the race but I know how well he jumps fences and when I heard they were going to drop in and not take him on I thought it was going to be difficult for them to peg him back.”
Ar Mad ultimately missed the Arkle due to injury and returns from an absence of almost 10 months in the one mile, seven furlong and 119 yard contest on Saturday which carries prize money of £150,000 and has attracted six entries.
Betfair Tingle Creek – Betfred bet: 7/4 Un de Sceaux, 11/4 Ar Mad, 10/3 Sire de Grugy, 5 God’s Own, 14 Vibrato Valtat, 40 Sir Valentino.
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