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Monday 11 December 2017

Jump on Moore’s Sire de Grugy at Newbury

GARY MOORE can secure another victory in the Betfair Hurdle as Sire De Grugy holds sound claims in the rescheduled Newbury feature.



Moore landed the honours in 2007 and 2008 with Heathcote and Wingman, when the race was run as the totesport Trophy, and neither won at particularly short odds.

Sire De Grugy should also be a working man's price after a satisfactory comeback at Chepstow.

The six-year-old was never really in contention that day, but he is better judged on last season's form as he was among the top rank in the novice division.

Winner of his first three outings over hurdles, during which time he put Empire Levant firmly in his place when landing the Dovecote at Kempton, Sire De Grugy then just fell short at Aintree.

He had to give best to two nippier types in the finish that day but he kept on well for third.

Moore has had this race in mind for some time and the hint should be taken.

Nicky Henderson was most relieved the Newbury card had been reinstated and will be eager to see Long Run get back on track in the Betfair Denman Chase.

The Gold Cup winner has twice had to give best to the resurgent Kauto Star this term and while there is no disgrace in finishing second to a National Hunt legend, Henderson must surely have been expecting a different storyline.

Long Run was simply disappointing on his reappearance at Haydock, but he narrowed the gap on Kauto Star in the King George at Kempton and could just be starting to come right.

The amateurs take centre stage at Sandown with the Royal Artillery Gold Cup and Aldertune is the one to be on.

Gaul Wood returned from a lengthy lay-off with a win at Lingfield and he can make a triumphant return to that track in the Follow Us On Twitter @lingfieldpark Handicap.

The three-year-old finished second on his only juvenile start last August, but he shrugged off a 163-day absence to score by just over a length.

That race did not look to be anything special but Gaul Wood could do little more than win and he should be a good deal sharper here.

Queen Of Denmark will be a short price in the Bet At Blue Square On Your Mobile Handicap at Wolverhampton, but it would be folly to bet against her completing a hat-trick.

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