Sire Celebrates fantastic season
Sire De Grugy capped off a fantastic season with victory in the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown for father and son combo Gary and Jamie Moore.
The brilliant chestnut had planted himself at the top of the 2 mile chasing division this season with victories in the Tingle Creek, Clarence House and most significantly the Queen Mother Champion Chase and although this was all achieved in the absence of the mighty Sprinter Sacre, the talent of Moore’s charge cannot be called into question, a fact proven by today’s bloodless victory.
The 8yo struggled with his jumping at times but was under no duress as he finally shook off a persistent challenge from Venetia Williams’ Pepite Rose to ease home a 3 1/4 length winner.
Winning jockey Jamie Moore said: “I’ve packed his flip-flops and sandals – he’s off on holiday now! He’s done us proud.
“He was a bit quiet today. He switched on the bridle as he always does three out and two out. He hit two out and just got a bit tired up the hill, but he’s had a hard season.
“He’s rocked it in all the top races and he’s won again, even though he’s probably not 100 per cent. He’s still winning dirty.
“I’m very proud of the horse, everyone has wished us well and I think he has lit up this season.
“He’s ran seven times and got beaten once. The rest he’s won and that’s all you can do.
“He’s only eight. Simonsig and Sprinter Sacre will probably be back next year, but it will be nice to take him on. We’ll give it a go.”
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