Traffic Fluide heads to Betfair Chase
Last Updated: 14/11/17 12:27pm
Traffic Fluide will take a hike up in trip for the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 25.
The seven-year-old has yet to tackle a distance in excess of an extended two miles and six furlongs, but trainer Gary Moore intends to fully test his stamina in the three-mile-one-and-a-half-furlong heat on Merseyside following his recent fourth in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree.
Moore told his Betway blog: "I was delighted with Traffic Fluide's seasonal reappearance at Aintree last month and he has come out of that race really well.
"The plan at this stage is now to step him up in trip and head to the Betfair Chase at Haydock a week on Saturday.
"He should get his ideal conditions with some cut in the ground and there are only 11 of them left in at this stage.
"I've been really happy with him at home and he has been working very well.
"I'm not worried about the trip for him, as I think it's what he needs now, and Haydock seems the obvious place to go with him.
"You have to respect the likes of Sizing John and Bristol De Mai, but Traffic Fluide is a very talented horse who we haven't seen the best of yet."
Moore's stable stalwart Sire De Grugy will be in action at Ascot on the same day having made a satisfactory return to action when third in the Welsh Champion Hurdle last month.
The trainer added: "The plan with him is to go back to Ascot, also on Saturday week, and try to win that same valuable handicap he won last year (Shawbrook Handicap Chase).
"There is normally plenty of cut in the ground which he needs and he goes so well at the track.
"He has won twice there now and finished second on his only other start, so it's the obvious race for him.
"We'll get Ascot out of the way first before making any other long-term plans with him."