RSA Chase favourite Grands Crus will face just three rivals in Thursday’s Gpg Novices’ Chase at Newbury.
David Pipe’s former top staying hurdler was a very impressive winner on his debut over the larger obstacles and is already as short as 7/2 for the novices crown at the Cheltenham Festival but is over 5/1 with betfair . Connections had considered running the horse in the Betfair Chase last weekend, but decided to give the grey more experience before stepping into open class.
“He put up a good performance at Cheltenham, bar the one mistake, and we hope he can do the same again,” Pipe told At The Races.
“We are still learning about him, he’s only six. Hopefully he’s still improving. I would say, personally, at this stage the Arkle is unlikely.”
Viking Blond looks the main danger to the Pipe runner tomorrow. The horse won at Chepstow before finishing fourth behind Join Together at Cheltenham last time out. Sonofvic, who won both his starts over hurdles last season represents Paul Nicholls,while Alfie Spinner makes up the four strong field.
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