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Sire de Grugy wins the Dovecote novices hurdle Kempton 26.02.2011

Sire De Grugy: will love the ground according to Gary Moore

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Sire De Grugy expected to relish testing ground

SIRE DE GRUGY, who found only Captain Conan too good in a Grade 2 trial for the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham nine days ago, is the star name on the day's only fixture at Lingfield after the track passed a 7.30am inspection.

The Gary Moore-trained six-year-old impressed on his debut over fences at Kempton last month and finished two lengths behind Nicky Henderson's exciting novice chaser at Cheltenham.

It is a quick return for Sire De Grugy, who should relish the testing conditions in the 2m novice chase (2.00).

"He will love the ground," said Moore. "I just hope it hasn't come too soon, but I want to give him some more experience before he has a break over Christmas."

Moore also runs Well Refreshed in the 3m handicap chase (3.00) against Pete The Feat, who bids for a four-timer.

He added: "He will love the ground as well. Pete The Feat's in good form, but we're getting plenty of weight off him."

Pete The Feat's trainer Charlie Longsdon said: "He's come out of his last race brilliantly. I couldn't run him off 12st so we're taking 7lb off. He goes up 14lb at the weekend so we're going to run with the penalty. He goes well at Lingfield and likes the ground."

Moore is also set to be represented in the all-weather bumper (3.30) with Chris Pea Green, a 17-length winner at Huntingdon two weeks ago.

"He was impressive, but that was on grass and it's just whether he'll go on the all-weather," the trainer said. "My gut feeling is he will - I trained his sister and half-sister and they did most of their winning on it."

The going at Lingfield was described as "very heavy" on Tuesday morning.

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