Trainer Gary Moore has confirmed he is considering letting stablemates Sire De Grugy (25/1 to win Champion Chase) and Ar Mad compete against each other for the second time this season in next month’s Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
The duo initially clashed in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown earlier this month, with the more experienced Sire De Grugy finishing in second-place, two positions ahead of Ar Mad.
Ar Mad is now almost certain to compete in the Grade One contest at Ascot on January 21, while Sire De Grugy has a couple of options, as he bids to bounce back from unseating jockey Jamie Moore during his most recent run at Kempton Park earlier this week.
Moore admits he is yet to decide whether the ten-year-old will run at Ascot or in the Game Spirit at Newbury on February 11, but his preference would be to have both his horses competing in the Clarence House Chase.
“He (Sire De Grugy) just made a clumsy mistake and got rid of Jamie (Moore, jockey). He just got a bit low and didn’t get high, it was as simple as that,” Moore said.
“The truthful answer is I don’t know where he (Sire De Grugy) will go yet, but hopefully it will be the Clarence House. If not, it will be the Game Spirit (at Newbury on February 11).
“Ar Mad is going straight to the Clarence House then hopefully he will go back there for the Ascot Chase in February. It’s a strong possibility that both will run in the Clarence House.”
Both horses will be looking to produce positive performances over the coming months, as they are both in contention to compete in the Champion Chase at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, a race Sire De Grugy won in 2014 (Ar Mad 25/1 to win Champion Chase).
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