Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Handful

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Handful

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Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with

THERE are just 30 days to glean some pointers for the Cheltenham Festival, so you have maintain an optimistic frame of mind.

'what good would that do?' reasonably self-assured about GAMBLING Last week I was going to buy a book called 'The Power Of Positive Thinking' and then thought 'what good would that do?' One horse I'm feeling reasonably self-assured about is SIRE DE GRUGY, who GRUGY runs at Newbury today. The Festival will be missing a cracking showdown if we don't see him defend his Champion Chase crown and renew his rivalry against Sprinter Sacre.

WISDOM A horse doesn't whether the rider wears a dress or from the Diane Crump I've already tucked into some ante-post quotes on Sprinter Sacre as well as some 12s about Dodging Bullets, but still hope to see Sire De Grugy take his place at the start.

Three weeks ago I tipped Dodging Bullets to beat Sprinter Sacre largely on the basis that Nicky Henderson's charge hadn't run competitively for over a year.

Dodging Bullets duly won (I wouldn't be mentioning this otherwise) but I was surprised at how well runner-up Sprinter Sacre performed despite his layoff.

Sire De Grugy hasn't run a race in 289 days and the word from the stable isn't as positive as one might have hoped.

Trainer Gary Moore has been quoted as saying the nine-year-old is 'fit enough to do himself justice" before going on to issue a warning that he is nowhere near his peak. It's hardly a ringing endorsement.

Trainer Gary Moore has been quoted as saying the nine-year-old is 'fit enough to do himself justice" before going on to issue a warning that he is nowhere near his peak. It's hardly a ringing endorsement.

you have to beat on the day But racing is all about who you have to beat on the day and, even though the gelding won't be at his best, I still believe he has more than enough in his armoury to account for today's rivals. …

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