Editeur In Cheltenham Picture For Sussex Trainer Gary Moore

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West Sussex trainer, Gary Moore, will be heading to the Cheltenham Festival with a live chance after Editeur Du Gite caused a shock in the Clarence House Chase. Moore, who trained in Brighton for ten years towards the start of his career, will now be hoping his star chaser will be able to repeat the feat in the Champion Chase in March.

It is not the first time that Moore will be tackling the 2-mile Grade 1 at the Festival, as the legendary, Sire De Grugy, won the race in 2014. Amazingly, Editeur Du Gite will carry the same colours of lucky owners, the Preston Family & Friends Syndicate, who will be looking to join a small group of owners to win the prestigious race with two different horses.

The Owners

Today’s ROA Owner of the Day is Steve Preston from Cheshire, the owner, along with his family and friends and Trevor Jacobs, of Editeur Du Gite, who tackles the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase. Read their story here: https://t.co/Uz9xL0bJnv pic.twitter.com/GGA4KiDRob

— ROA Racehorse Owners Association (@RacehorseOwners) March 16, 2022

The Preston Family & Friends Syndicate’s entry into the racing industry is an incredible story. Steve Preston was given money as a birthday gift to buy a horse and put it into training. Preston always had a dream to own a racehorse, and after putting together a band of syndicate members, that dream came through thanks to Gary Moore.

Moore agreed to find a horse for the syndicate with a view to taking a share for himself, and eventually came across Sire De Grugy. It was an amazing piece of luck for the Preston Family and Gary Moore, to find a horse that would reach the summit of jumps racing in just a few years.

Even more amazing for the 18-plus strong owners, just two years after Sire De Grugy’s retirement they would put pen to paper for the purchase of Editeur Du Gite.

Cheltenham Chance

Editeur Du Gite was sent off as a 14/1 outsider for the rearranged Clarence House Chase, with the race being billed as a battle between Edwardstone and last year’s  Champion Chase winner, Energumene.

It was quickly apparent that that would not be the case, however, as Editeur Du Gite took his usual place at the head of the field and led his rivals a merry dance around the famous Cheltenham track. 

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He also proved that it is not just speed and jumping ability that he possesses, as he was made to work hard for his win. Edwardstone staged a late battle as the finish line approached, but Editeur Du Gite stuck his neck out to take the race with the bob a head.

Energumene could only finish a well-beaten third.

The trio will meet again at the Festival in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a race for which Moore’s horse is now 6/1.

It is an exciting time of the year for everyone involved in the racing industry, and the excitement amongst the Preston Family & Friends Syndicate must be palpable. Everyone involved has been very lucky to be part of the wild ride that is racehorse ownership, even more so being involved with two top-level horses.

Their experience is proof that horse racing syndication can be extremely rewarding in more ways than one. You just have to be lucky enough to find the right horses and get the right trainer. In Sire De Grugy, Editeur Du Gite, and Gary Moore they definitely have.

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