There is no doubt that the most impressive novice chaser of the season has been Grands Crus and as we approach Cheltenham speculation continues to mount about his preferred race. The David Pipe horse was a top class hurdler last season with only Big Bucks too good for him in the World Hurdle and he has taken to chasing just as well with three impressive wins to his name this season. The grey was particularly impressive last time out when he won the Feltham Novices Chase at Kempton as he produced a fine front running performance to defeat some good horses in style. Top chasers like Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth simply could not live with the cruising speed of Grands Crus and he is clearly a horse to watch at Cheltenham. The only doubt surrounding Grands Crus is whether he will stay in novice company and go for the RSA Chase or step up and take in the Gold Cup at the Festival.
It's rare for a novice to run in the Gold Cup but rarely has there been such an impressive novice chaser as Grands Crus and connections are eager not to commit either way at this stage. David Pipe has said that Grands Crus will be entered in both races at the Cheltenham Festival with a decision only likely to be made in March. The RSA Chase looks the obvious route for Grands Crus as a Novice and he is currently the warm favourite for that race. The Gold Cup will obviously be a tougher task for Grands Crus against the likes of Kauto Star and Long Run but his Feltham win at Kempton was run in a considerably quicker time than the King George Chase on the same day. Grands Crus' form behind Big Bucks in the World Hurdle looks rock solid and if could repeat that in the Gold cup there is no reason why he couldn't mix it at the very highest level.