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Grands Crus

Exciting second-season chaser Grands Crus is set to take his chance in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham next Saturday.

The bold-jumping grey, beaten just once in four starts over fences, also had the option of the Betfair Chase at Haydock a week later.

"In theory a handicap is a better starting point than a level weights one and he'll be better over two and a half miles first time back as he'll be fresh and keen," said trainer David Pipe, speaking from Wincanton.

"He looks to have a favourite's chance while if he'd gone for the other race (Betfair Chase) he'd have been third or fourth in the betting. I'm taking the view that the bookies rarely get it wrong."

Prior to going chasing, Grands Crus twice finished second to the mighty Big Buck's over hurdles, at Cheltenham and at Aintree.

He won the Feltham Novices' Chase in style at Christmas but was only fourth when favourite for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.

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