Grands Crus in possible Gold Cup bid

    Grands Crus could run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup rather than the RSA Chase at Cheltenham next March.

    Last years World Hurdle runner-up and been very impressive in his two starts over fences this campaign and is a short priced favourite for the novices contest.

    Trainer David Pipe has confirmed the six-year-old may be given an entry in the Gold Cup although he will continue to gain experience against novices for the short term at least.

    “It was a workmanlike performance at Newbury and he jumped well,” Pipe told At The Races.

    “His jumping came under pressure up the home straight and I think you’ll probably find out in time the second horse (Sonofvic) is no slouch.

    “Apart from one mistake at Cheltenham, he’s been foot perfect. He’s schooled well at home but you never know until they go in an actual race.

    “I would imagine at the moment we’ll stick to the novice route. He may have an entry in the Gold Cup. We haven’t discussed it with the owners.

    “It’s a long way off, but it’s in the back of our minds.”

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