Suits you Sire
Anita Chambers previews the action at Lingfield on Tuesday and makes Sire De Grugy her nap.
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LINGFIELD: 12.30 Shesha Bear, 1.00 Topaze Collonges, 1.30 Hollow Penny, 2.00 SIRE DE GRUGY (NAP), 2.30 Dormouse, 3.00 Sapphire Rouge, 3.30 Knock House.
DOUBLE: Sire De Grugy and Hollow Penny
Sire De Grugy finished an excellent second in Grade Two company last time and he can gain a confidence-boosting victory at Lingfield on Tuesday.
Trainer Gary Moore has some big targets in mind for this former smart hurdler but is keen to get a bit more chasing experience into him before an intended Christmas run at Kempton.
The six-year-old was rated 149 over hurdles and made a successful start to his chasing career when strolling home by six lengths at Kempton, despite a bad blunder at the second-last.
He recovered from that mishap and it obviously taught him a valuable lesson as his fencing looking much better when pitched into Grade Two company at Cheltenham earlier in the month.
Sire De Grugy proved no match for the well-regarded Captain Conan up the Cheltenham hill that day but a less exacting test in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Novices' Chase is another positive.
Topaze Collonges was readily outclassed by a better rival last time but is still worth support in the Jumping At Lingfield Handicap Chase.
His record last year was nothing to write home about but he did finish off with a wide-margin success at Plumpton, although it was in a very moderate heat.
Charlie Longsdon's five-year-old relished the softer ground and front-running tactics that day though, and only narrowly failed to repeat the success on his seasonal bow at Fontwell.
Some sloppy jumping cost him dearly on his next outing while Samenerve was just too good at Towcester earlier this month.
Topaze Collonges remains on a mark of 95 but looks capable of winning when things fall right.
Hollow Penny can defy top weight in the Follow Us On Twitter @LingfieldPark Novices' Hurdle for trainer Alan King.
The four-year-old has to concede weight all round after running out a seven-length winner on his hurdles bow at Bangor in October.
He had claimed two seconds in bumper company last term but made a seamless switch to obstacles when easily accounting for the reopposing Until Winning on his reappearance.
Hollow Penny relished the step up to two and a half miles that day and while he must give 7lb to Until Winning this time, he seemed to still have a fair bit left in the tank at Bangor.
Knock House is well worth watching as he makes his racecourse bow in the Cyprium Bar At Lingfield Marriott "Junior" Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
The three-year-old, who hails from a winning family, is part of Mick Channon's select jumps team and can give the trainer another winner in this new sphere.