Connections of Grand Crus will have to make a big decision in the near future about what race their mount will participate in at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
Last year, the seven-year old finished second to Big Bucks in the World Hurdle over three miles and in the Liverpool Hurdle a month later at Aintree. This time around though, it will either be the RSA Chase for novices or the blue riband event in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 over fences at the Festival.
The betting seems to suggest that the talented grey will line up with the novices in the RSA where he would likely to go off favourite after an impressive start to his chase career.
Grand Crus started his campaign over fences at Cheltenham where he won the Steel Plate and Sections Novices’ Chase by 10 lengths ahead of Cue Card and Zaynar. He then followed that up with a much more narrow victory at Newbury when going off 2/7 favourite for a Grade Two contest.
On Boxing Day at Kempton, Grand Crus then showed how good of a novice he was by capturing the Grade One Feltham Novices’ Chase in a field that included Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti. Those following the Betfair horse betting will have been impressed.
The defeat to Grand Crus on Boxing Day ended Bobs Worth’s run of six consecutive victories. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year old had success at the Cheltenham Festival last year in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and won his opening chase outing when narrowly getting the better of Cue Card at Newbury. Like Silviniaco Coniti, Bobs Worth is like to need to improve on his run at Kempton if he is to overturn his form with Grand Crus at Prestbury Park.