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Grands Crus - Cheltenham 11.11.2011

Grands Crus: the grey won three from four over fences last season

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Pipe pondering plans for stable star Grands Crus

TRAINER David Pipe is considering the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham and Haydock's Betfair Chase as potential seasonal starting points for stable star Grands Crus.

The talented grey, who is owned by Roger Stanley and Yvonne Reynolds, lost his unbeaten record over fences when fourth in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

He had impressed with three wins before that though and is 6-1 co-favourite for the Ryanair Chase and a general 16-1 chance for the Betfred Gold Cup.

Pipe tweeted on Wednesday morning: "A lot of people have asked about Grands Crus - he will be entered in the Paddy Power and the Betfair, I will speak with owners before deciding."

Pipe won the Paddy Power, a Grade 3 handicap over 2m4½f which takes place on November 17, with Great Endeavour last year. The Betfair Chase, a Grade 1, is a week later.

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