Grands Crus: finished fourth when sent off favourite for the RSA ChasePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Don’t give up on Grands Crus says David Pipe
TRAINER David Pipe has urged racing fans to keep the faith with Grands Crus following the seven-year-old's disappointing effort in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last Wednesday.
Grands Crus, sent off the 6-5 favourite, travelled well during the race but was left behind as Bobs Worth and First Lieutenant forged clear.
Despite the reversal, Pipe fully expects his Grade 1 winner to bounce back to his best.
"I would urge you to keep faith in him - I certainly am," said Pipe, writing in his exclusive Saturday column in the Racing Post.
"He just never finished his race in the RSA Chase. Tom [Scudamore] was happy with him until he pushed the button and there was nothing there. I don't think stamina was the problem. He seems okay, although something may come to light.
"We live to fight another day and we know he's a good horse - his form over both hurdles and fences tells you that."
Pipe added that Grands Crus could run again this season. He said: "We'll see how he is before deciding if he runs again this season. He wants cut in the ground so he won't be going anywhere unless we get rain."