THE connections of Sire De Grugy can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Henry de Bromhead revealed on Monday that the Special Tiara team will not be appealing the result of the Tingle Creek at Sandown last Saturday week.
Special Tiara was cannoned into at the final fence by Sire De Grugy, who went on to score by three quarters of a length, but the placing remained unaltered on the day after a lengthy stewards’ inquiry and, after deliberating for over a week, De Bromhead said that they will not be appealing that decision.
“We have decided not to appeal. We got a lot of advice and we came to the conclusion that there was no point in appealing given the way the rules are, even though the rules are bizarre if you ask me,” De Bromhead said.
Leading jockeys Richard Johnson and Ruby Walsh were among those to comment on the incident last week and both agreed that the stewards had enforced the rules correctly, though Walsh questionedwhether the rules needed to be addressed.
He wrote in his Racing UK column: “I don’t think rules in any sport should favour the offender rather than the victim and our rules certainly favour the offender in all cases at the moment.”
Special Tiara will not be seen in action over Christmas as he is set to sidestep the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet at Leopardstown and a potential showdown with Sprinter Sacre the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton in favour of the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on January 31.
“Special Tiara definitely won’t run over Christmas,” De Bromhead said. “We will back off him a bit now and give him a breather. He will probably come back for the Tied Cottage and then onto Cheltenham. He ran a cracker at Sandown and it confirmed that he is a top-class two-mile chaser.”