GARY MOORE enjoyed a very satisfying end to last week, culminating with the success of his highly promising novice hurdler Sire De Grugy in the valuable Grade 2 Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton last Saturday, writes Jason Hall.
The manner of the performance produced by this progressive French-bred gelding was stylish to say the least as he ran right away from a decent field of novices in the home straight.
There were concerns during the first mile of the race that Sire De Grugy had not settled as he was fairly tanking along tracking the leaders and displaying an enthusiastic, keen attitude.
However, those exertions did not affect him as might have been expected and at the business end of the contest he just destroyed his rivals.
I asked Gary for his thoughts: “The horse has come out of the race very well. He was very impressive and loves the soft ground. There is a possibility of him running in the Imperial Cup (Sandown on the Saturday before Cheltenham) but if not he will go straight to Liverpool for the novice hurdle on the Friday. You’d like to think there was more to come.”
On the same Kempton card, Gary was given another reason to feel great optimism for the future when his debutant Grab The Glory produced a highly promising performance to run third in the bumper.
“He actually ran better than I thought he would. I have a lot of respect for this horse. I think very highly of him. He might well go to the Cheltenham Festival for the bumper there. There is no point at this stage of the season going over hurdles.”
To put into context the comments of the trainer, he ran Megastar in the Festival bumper last season and he is potentially Gary’s best novice this season.
Grab The Glory is by Accordion and out of a dam who is from the family of the great Irish performer Buck House, so breeding alone tells you this horse could have some quality in him.
The Grade 2 Sidney Banks Novice Hurdle was run at Huntingdon last Thursday and the close up finish of Captain Kirkton again gave Moore great optimism for the weeks ahead. The horse ran really well under a polished, considerate ride from young Josh Moore and is now qualified for the EBF Novice Handicap Final at Sandown in two weeks time.
This has been the highly promising geldings target for some time and the trainer did say he was satisfied by the handicap mark he has been allotted.
So it is an exciting end to the season in prospect for Gary and his team and on Saturday a horse of his that seems to have been around for a long time but who is still only eight years old will go to Newbury.
Panjo Bere certainly has not been setting the world alight this term but as a result he is now back on a winning mark and, assuming the dry weather continues, will have conditions to suit him ideally.
If Saturday does not work out, there should certainly be a race in him in the coming weeks.
Lewes trainer Suzy Smith appears to have her team in good form and Beau Lake followed up his recent Plumpton win with another success back at the track on Monday. He routed his field and the jockey Paddy Brennan reported after the race that there was plenty left in the tank, which augurs well for his hat-trick attempt, wherever that may be.
Note Suzy’s young horse O’Malleys Oscar if he takes his chance today at Newbury. He is green, but is talented and is a dark horse for this race.