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Grands Crus

Age: 7

Trainer: David Pipe

Notable Race Wins:-

Cleeve Hurdle: 2011

Feltham Novices' Chase: 2011

Grands Crus was one of the most improved horses of last season over hurdles as he stormed to some top handicap successes before finding only Big Buck's too good for him at the top level.

After breezing to success in a few minor handicaps the David Pipe-trained grey then showed his class when storming to a 10 length success in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham and propelling into World Hurdle contention.  However, the six-year-old fell where so many have fallen before in trying to dethrone Paul Nicholls' Big Buck's

Pipe's runner gave his all in the World Hurdle, but Big Buck's' superior engine and class meant he had to settle for second place and franked the form at Aintree a month later as the Nicholls inmate annihilated the Tom Scudamore-ridden Grands Crus.

Having failed to beat the top staying hurdler, it is no surprise that David Pipe will send his stable star over fences and will embark on a novice chasing with his six-year-old.

With staying being his forte, it's likely that Pipe will elect to send Grands Crus back to the Cheltenham Festival in 2012 to contest the RSA Chase and the bookmakers are certainly wary of the Pond House inmate as he sits as clear favourite with many to land the 3m event, but could always drop back to 2m to contest the Arkle.

If he takes to the larger obstacles then he is definitely one to watch out for in the 2011/2012 campaign as Pipe looks to unearth another chasing gem.

Potential Races for 2011/2012 Season

RSA Chase

Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Form for 2011/2012 Season

  • 11/11/11 - Steel Plate & Sections Novices' Chase - Cheltenham (1st of 7 - SP 6/4 Fav) - A match with Cue Card was somewhat disappointing as Colin Tizzard's charge fell in the middle part of the race, but it still didn't ruin Grands Crus' debut novice chase victory.  His jumping was steady during the early exchanges and even though he ploughed through a fence over the far side, he never looked like falling and he duly sauntered to a 10-length success from the classy Champion Court to the excited echoings of the crowd at Cheltenham.
  • 24/11/11 - GPG Novices' Chase - Newbury (1st of 4 - SP 2/7 Fav) - A quick reappearance gave punters the chance to see Grands Crus tackle fences of the second time and the David Pipe-trained runner didn't disappoint when bagging the GPG Novices' Chase crown at Newbury.  Producing another fluent round of jumping, the grey had to fight off the classy Sonofvic in the final furlong, but he asserted with aplomb and cemented his place in the ante-post betting for the RSA Chase.
  • 26/12/11 - Feltham Novices' Chase - Kempton Park (1st of 6 - SP 6/5 Fav) - Grands Crus may have faced his toughest test to date coming up against the classy duo of Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti, but yet again the wonder grey produced another mindboggling performance to bag the Feltham Novices' Chase.  Sent to the front by Tom Scudamore, David Pipe's star jumped like a stag the whole way round and ground his rivals into submission and quickly became a short-priced favourite for the RSA Chase, whilst owners have touched on a possible tilt for the Gold Cup come March.
  • 14/03/12 - RSA Chase - Cheltenham (4th of 9 - SP 6/5 Fav) - Grands Crus was fully expected to frank the Kempton form with Bobs Worth, but things didn't go to plan as the classy grey could only finish fourth in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.  Sent to launch his challenge at the end of the back straight, Pipe's raider failed to pick up and was struggling from a long way out, as Bobs Worth and First Lieutenant scooted clear and the Pond House inmate eventually finished fourth.
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