Moore thrilled with Champion favourite Sire
GARY MOORE cannot be confident Sire De Grugy will win the Queen Mother Champion Chase today, but he is confident he goes to post in the best possible shape.
Cheltenham seconds to two rivals who reoppose need explaining away, and the drying ground, described as good, good to soft in places, is hardly a plus, but the trainer can account for both defeats and is “not massively concerned” about the going.
Moore has taken last season’s classy novice, who tops the Champion Chase betting at 10-3, to new heights this season, when a three-and a-quarter-length Cheltenham second to Kid Cassidy, who was receiving 10lb, has been the only reverse in a five-race campaign that has embraced wins in key trials at both Sandown and Ascot.
Having freshened up the eight-year-old since that last success almost two months ago, Moore could not be happier with him. He said: “His blood test has come back with no negatives and he’s worked well, schooled well and eaten up well. It’s all gone to plan.”
Of those two Cheltenham defeats and the ground concerns, he added: “When Captain Conan beat him he got to the front sooner than he likes, and when he was beaten by Kid Cassidy I read the race wrong and he lost his confidence after a mistake at the second fence.
“I’d agree he’s a better horse on softer ground, but it won’t be any worse than when he won the Celebration Chase, his novice chase at Stratford, or even the Tingle Creek, so it’s not a massive concern.”