Sire De Grugy (right) produces a bold leap at the lastPICTURE: Getty Images
Grugy gives Moore family landmark success
Report: Sandown, Saturday
BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) 2m
GARY MOORE celebrated his first Grade 1 success as the talented Sire De Grugy made the most of Sprinter Sacre's absence to run out a convincing winner of the Tingle Creek Chase.
Partnered by Moore's son Jamie, Sire De Grugy was sent off the 7-4 joint favourite with Sprinter Sacre's stablemate Captain Conan and the two went down to the last with the race between them.
A huge leap from the eventual winner sealed the victory, before coming clear much to the delight of the Moore family and owner Steve Preston.
"It's special for everyone concerned," said the winning trainer. "Fair play to Jamie, he went to France to sit on the horse and told me to buy him as quick as possible.
"He got beat round here in his bumper but he's progressed ever since. Jamie rides him out everyday and I don't interfere. He basically trains him."
The race wasn't for the faint-hearted, with Kauto Stone going flat out from the tapes, before unsurprisingly fading from the third-last.
That's where Captain Conan took over the baton and jumped the second-last with a clear lead and looking the most likely winner.
However, Sire De Grugy, whose jumping was not as spectacular as it can sometimes be, loomed large between the final two fences and, when he needed it most, put in a bold leap at the last which took him clear of Captain Conan.
The winner was cut to 12-1 (from 20) for the Champion Chase by Betfred following his win.
Setting up a potential showdown with Sprinter Sacre over Christmas for the winner, Moore said: "I'm going to have to take him on somewhere and I'd like to do it at Kempton [in the Desert Orchid Chase on December 27], although if I want to swerve him I could take him to Leopardstown but I don't know how he would take the travelling.
"Hopefully at Kempton he would get softer ground as he hasn't really had his ground today."
Regarding the Champion Chase in March, he added: "I want to look at the French programme book because I'd rather go to France with him than Cheltenham. We'll probably get better money there as well."