Sire De Grugy is said to be impressing trainer, Gary Moore, ahead of his entry into the Betway Champion Chase. The ten year old is no stranger to Cheltenham and returns having won there back in March 2014 at the festival.
Sire De Grugy is in good form according to Gary Moore who expressed that he was very happy with his French bred racehorse at this moment in time:
“Sire De Grugy galloped (on Tuesday morning) and I was delighted by what I saw as he worked very well. He’s very keen and very strong – exactly the way I want him to be. In fact, he’s tanking now and moving as well as he’s ever done. The plan from here will be normal exercise until Saturday and then we’ll gallop him again.”
Moore went on to say that Sire De Grugy was exactly where he wanted him to be two weeks away from the Betway Champion Chase.
Although Moore is happy with his horse, his racing over the last year has failed to provide the team behind him with many winners. The chestnut gelding’s, last most notable, winner came in December 2015 at Sandown. It will be interesting to see if Sire De Grugy can return a winner for his, full of praise, trainer.
Moore hasn’t had it easy this year but things are looking up. Not only is Sire de Grugy on form, six year old Traffic Fluide, who has been off the track since January with injury, is making a steady recovery. The bay gelding has undergone stem cell treatment for ligament damage that is said to be going well.
Moore said that he will attempt to get Traffic Fluide back on track step by step:
“He will start on the walker next week and we will bring him back step-by-step slowly walking over the next three months. The plan will be to turn him out from there for another three months and then hopefully start light exercise. He’s on the long slow road to recovery.”
Author Lisa Wood
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