Grands Crus could make chasing debut at Cheltenham Open Meeting

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Exciting chasing prospect Grands Crus will have his first run over fences this month and could debut at the Cheltenham Open meeting on Friday.

The top-class hurdler has been impressing at home and could make his first public appearance over the larger obstacles in the Steel Plate and Sections Novices’ Chase at the three-day Paddy Power-sponsored Open meeting this weekend.

Trainer David Pipe told Attheraces: “Tom Scudamore has been down and schooled him at home and he has jumped nicely, hopefully he can transfer that to the track but we are very pleased with what he has done so far.

"He can be a bit keen in his races early on so it will be important that we get him relaxed."

Pipe has known for some time that he has a potential champion in the making whose name could sit alongside other stars trained at Pond House like Carvills Hill, Granville Again, Make A Stand, Minniehoma and Comply Or Die.

The six-year-old is the ante-post market leader for the RSA Chase at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival next March. Grands Crus proved to be a top class staying hurdler and is currently an 8/1 chance to win the three mile novices crown in his first season over jumps.

The French-bred’s wins included the prestigious Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January when completing a hat-trick of wins before taking on Big Buck’s in the World Hurdle at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival. Grands Crus was unable to de-throne the champion staying hurdler at the Cheltenham Festival meeting where he finished runner-up as Big Buck’s ran out a narrow winner of his third success World Hurdle.

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