Gary Moore: Sire De Grugy is exactly where I want him ahead of Tingle Creek
In his exclusive column, the trainer discusses the nine-year-old's progress ahead of the headline race at Sandown next Saturday
I can report that all is A1 with Sire De Grugy and he is firmly on course for the Tingle Creek at Sandown on Saturday week.
He worked really well over six furlongs on the grass this morning and picked up his two lead horses nicely.
He’s showing all of his old enthusiasm and seems to have come out of his Exeter disappointment well.
We were all obviously gutted with that effort, but the one positive has to be that he did get himself back into the race after making a bad mistake and was upsides at the second last.
The plan now will be to school him either tomorrow or Friday and then again one more time ahead of Sandown.
He’s exactly where I want him to be and there are genuinely no negatives at this stage.
Sandown seems to suit him really well – don’t forget he’s won two Celebration Chases and a Tingle Creek at the track.
In fact, he’s unbeaten there over fences and has never been out of the three in all five starts at the course.
He’ll head there fit and healthy and we’ll know afterwards whether he is still a genuine Betway Champion Chase contender.
As for Traffic Fluide, he seems to be over the slight setback he had a few weeks ago and is back cantering.
Obviously, that’s set us back a bit and it’s a race against time to get him back on track.
There’s a possibility I could aim him at the Desert Orchid at Kempton over the Christmas period, but we’ll just have to see whether we can get him ready in time.
He’s a really exciting prospect and it will be great to see him back on the racecourse.