Jamie Moore: Sire De Grugy achieved everything he possibly could
Jamie Moore feels five-time Grade 1 winner Sire De Grugy "achieved everything he possibly could" during his long and illustrious career which came to an honourable conclusion at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Sire De Grugy bowed out with his head held high after finishing sixth in the 2m½f handicap chase and Moore, who partnered the 2014 Champion Chase hero in all bar two of his 42 starts, was quick to pay tribute to a horse he has described as his "best mate".
"He was very hard and he had a lot of bottle. He obviously had a lot of ability but he did try for you," Moore said on Racing UK's Luck on Sunday. "I think he achieved as much as he possibly could. He does mean so much to me."
The 11-year-old Sire De Grugy was trained throughout his career by Moore's father Gary and was understandably a yard favourite after competing for eight seasons and winning 17 races and £885,446 in prize-money.
Moore added: "My dad absolutely adores the horse and the staff in the yard do as well."
Of his own relationship with the horse, Moore said following Saturday's race: "He is my best mate and we've achieved a lot together. The day we bought him in France I sat on seven horses. He was the cheapest but he was the best.
"Thanks to him I've won some of the big races I used to watch when I was growing up. I've won 17 races on him. That's remarkable. If you won 17 selling plates on a horse you would like him."
Part-owner Steve Preston has seen his pride and joy win a Champion Chase, a Clarence House Chase, a Celebration Chase and two Tingle Creeks. Following Saturday's effort, he said: "He has been the most wonderful horse and, of course, he'll stay with the Moores. He has been their icon horse. They will look after him and make sure he has a fantastic retirement.
"He's been the horse of a lifetime for us. He is the only horse we've ever had but I think if you'd had 30 or 40 horses he would have been the horse of a lifetime."
Preston added: "There is no point pushing him any harder. He has achieved everything we could possibly have wished. Jamie said he wanted it and still had the appetite for it but in the home straight it just wasn't there.
"I think his aches and pains have now just got a bit too much for him. He has had lots of injuries over the years. He has had an arthritic condition since he was six but he never ever did anything but give 100 per cent. This is just wear and tear now. He deserves to have a great life. It's time for him to retire."
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