Darren Goodbody looks forward to the 2016 Tingle Creek Chase –
Not many have managed to return and win the Tingle for a third time, in fact only Flagship Uberalles managed the feat when landing the race in 1999,2000 and 2001. There have been double successes, including the likes of Waterloo Boy, Sound Man, Moscow Flyer, Master Minded, Twist Magic and the mighty Kauto Star.
Gary Moore’s ten year old Sire De Grugy will be only the second horse to win the race at his age and emulate what Moscow Flyer achieved in 2004, it’s a tough ask up against the likes of Un De Sceaux. The last Irish winner came five years ago with Henry De Bromhead’s Sizing Europe. It’s not been the best of times for camp Mullins when losing one of his top stars already this season in Vautour.
Gary Moore also has entered Ar Mad who seems to go well this time of year and showed tenacity when landing the Henry V111 Novices on this card last year, beating the likes of Bristol De Mai who ran a cracker to finish second at Newcastle last week when giving 8lb to the winner Otago Trail. This season’s campaign has seen him land the Wayward Lad and a Limited Chase at Plumpton and just could be the first string for Moore in the race with six year olds boasting a good record in the race, winning two of the last four renewals.
Despite having plenty stacked up against him I have decided to stick with Sire De Grugy. His performance when landing the Shawbrook was impressive, always in command under Jamie Moore. It is a slight concern that you never know what Sire will turn up on the day as he has put in some poor efforts against big opposition in the past. He had a hard season last year when beaten by Un De Sceaux in the Celebration Mile over course and distance and his run at Aintree when over twenty lengths behind God’s Own in the Monet’s Garden was to poor to be true. His from at Sandown over the years reads 231114 and he knows what it takes to win a Tingle Creek being successful on two occasions. Can he do it again, will he turn up on the day on the good ground which saw him win two Tingle Creek’s in the past. Odds of 7/2 slightly underestimate his chance in my opinion.
SIRE DE GRUGY : 2pts @ 7/2 (BOG)