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Gary Moore s Sire De Grugy
won the Grade One Sodexo
Clarence House Chase at Ascot
with his head in his chest.
Having won three of his four
starts this season, the eight year
old has emerged as the main con-
tender to Sprinter Sacre s Cham-
pion Chase crown and the highest
staying chaser in training may well
be quaking in his boots after this
authoritative display from the new
kid on the block.
Given a patient ride by Jamie
Moore as Kauto Stone and Hidden
Cyclone exchanged blows at the
head of affairs, the 5/4 favourite
was jumping for fun and travelling
Market rival Somersby unseated
Dominic Elsworth early in the piece
to make Sire De Grugy s task a
little easier but it s hard to think
that the result would have been
Moving smoothly through on to
the heels of the leaders, Sire De
Grugy readily left Hidden Cyclone
(whose jumping had been far from
impeccable) behind in the straight
and only the last stood between
him and a second Grade One vic-
The My Risk gelding lived up to
his sire s name with a huge leap
at that obstacle before coming
home fully 11 lengths clear of the
The winning jockey said: "This
is all about the horse---some of the
jumps he put in were spectacular.
He was magic today, all the credit
to the horse. Today he felt as good
as he has ever felt.
"Sprinter Sacre is a great horse,
but today was his most impressive
performance. I m not saying he ll
beat the other horse (Sprinter
Sacre), but he could."
Gary Moore said: "He has got
his quirks because he s French.
When he first came to us he was
a very free horse. Jamie s done a
great job and settled him now.
"He has a cross noseband on
because he s quirky. We could
probably do away with that now
but we won t. He s settled down
lovely and he switched off great.
His great asset is his jumping.
"I don t think the ground is as
heavy as people thought. They ve
gone a good gallop and made it a
true-run race. Fair play to the
horse. This is only his second sea-
son as a chaser, at the end of the
day. He was a novice last year.
"He s got to go for the Cham-
pion Chase. I think he s an improv-
ing horse and I ve got nearly two
months to freshen him up. I ll give
him a nice break for a couple of
weeks then we ll bring him back
purposely for the Champion
Chase. He deserves to be in it."
Sky Bet cut the winner to 3/1
from 7/2 for the BetVictor Queen
Mother Champion Chase and
spokesman Michael Shinners said:
"It was hard not to be impressed
by that performance and it was
arguably a career best so we ve
had to trim his price.
"However, there may not have
been too much depth to the race
and it remains to be seen whether
he can get the better of a peak
form Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham
and Nicky Henderson s stable star
remains the one to beat despite
his travails this season."
The runner-up could have
another crack at Sire De Grugy at
Cheltenham with trainer Shark
Hanlon delighted with the per-
"He was beaten by a very good
horse. We thought he wanted soft-
er ground, but Andrew (McNa-
mara, jockey) felt he jumped better
on better ground," he said.
"He s better going the other way
and it s more than likely that he ll
go for the Queen Mother."
Dominic Elsworth said of
Somersby: "He just got a bit close
to the fence, screwed it, and then
slithered on landing at one of the
downhill fences. It was one of those
things. I m okay and the horse is
okay so we live to go another day."
Sire is simply
Melodic Rendezvous got his
season back on track with a game
success over Ptit Zig in the stan-
james.com Champion Hurdle
Jeremy Scott s stable star was
found to have torn a muscle after
finishing fifth in the Fighting Fifth
at Newcastle and he returned to
his best by capturing the scalp of
the smart Ptit Zig.
Act Of Kalanisi took them along
until unshipping Tony McCoy at
the fourth-last, leaving Ptit Zig in
Daryl Jacob was never totally
happy on the even-money
favourite and was collared at the
final flight by Melodic Rendezvous
(7-4), who pulled four-and-a-half
lengths clear on the run-in.
Scholfield said: "He felt a better
horse today than he did at New-
castle, so it s happy days.
"Jeremy was confident today so
I m glad it came off.
"If it came up soft (in the
Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham)
I ll be a happy man.
Scott said: "We really needed
that. We ve had a very anxious six
weeks and it s lovely he s back to
somewhere where we thought we
"We found after Newcastle he
had a torn muscle in his quarters
after the race.
"It took time and patience and
physio and he s back to where he
should be now.
"We actually thought he wanted
quite good ground, but he s proved
he loves soft ground and it s an
edge he has over a lot of other
horses who perhaps don t cope
with it quite as well.
"The Champion Hurdle looks
very competitive. Whether we are
good enough to trouble the leading
contenders I don t know, but it s
"The plan originally was to have
another run in the middle of Feb-
ruary but we ll see how he comes
out of this and play it day by day."
Sky Bet went 25/1 from 33s for
the blue riband in March and rep-
resentative Michael Shinners said:
"We re still happy to take a few
quid on Melodic Rendezvous for
the Stan James Champion Hur-
"He s a classy horse but seems
to be at his best when the mud is
flying and conditions are likely to
be considerably faster at Chel-
"We re happy to offer 25/1 for
him in what is shaping up to be
an ultra-competitive Champion
Melodic puts down champion marker
Extreme Impact defied a huge
absence and heavy ground to take
the Tate Contracts Handicap Hur-
dle at Haydock and set up a 390/1
double for Evan Williams and
Having his first run since May
2012, the Williams-trained eight-
year-old was obviously cherry-ripe
for his return as he was one of the
first off the bridle.
Ugly Bug attempted to make all
and looked like holding them all off
before Quel Elite loomed up looking
the biggest threat.
However, claiming jockey Ring
persevered on Extreme Impact and
the 22/1 chance fought bravely to
win by a neck.
Ring said: "He was very brave, he
just kept on finding every time I
asked him. He likes that ground. It s
heavy but it s perfectly raceable."
Benvolio made just about every
yard of the running for trainer Paul
Nicholls and jockey Daryl Jacob in
the G4S Events Graduation Chase.
A faller on his chasing debut, he
had been successful at Newbury last
time out and was sent off the 11/8
favourite to win again.
Jacob was allowed to set his own
pace out in front, but Maggio, who
had run over fences at Musselburgh
just 24 hours earlier, looked to be
travelling much the best at the third-
Benvolio pulled out plenty under
pressure, though, and won by a
"That was very good, he stays
well," said Jacob. "Nobody else was
going to make it (the running) and
we wanted it to be a test of stamina,
which was why I went on. I knew
once the challengers came he d keep
going and he dug very deep."
Wuff (7/4 joint-favourite) just col-
lared Straidnahanna in the closing
Fixed Brush Novices Hurdle.
Winning jockey Paddy Brennan
had earlier ridden a winner at Ascot
and flew north to make it a dou-
Impact defies extreme layoff
Foxrock outstayed his rivals to win
the Grade Two Woodlands Park 100
Club Novice Chase at Naas. Ted Walsh s
six year old made the most of the drop
in grade to win his second race over
the larger obstacles and mark himself
down as a smart staying chaser.
A promising third in the Topaz Novice
Chase over Christmas, the market rated
Sizing Gold as his only significant rival
and the pair appeared to have the race
between them as they pulled clear of
the pack along with the front-running
The long-time leader cried enough
turning for home and, soon, Sizing
Gold---who had jumped brilliantly
throughout---began to tread water in the
It was slow motion stuff in the closing
stages but Foxrock kept on dourly under
Danny Mullins to win comfortably with
his market rival just clinging on for sec-
Foxrock outstays Gold in Park
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