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Grands Crus - Kempton - 26.12.2011

Grands Crus routed Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth in last year's Feltham

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Scu hoping to Crus to King George success

DESPITE disappointing in two starts since emphatically landing last year's Grade 1 Feltham Novices' Chase from subsequent Grade 1 winners Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth, Tom Scudamore is confident Grands Crus will be hard to beat in the King George, if returning to his best.

Second to Big Buck's at both the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals as a hurdler, Grands Crus made an impressive start to his chasing career racking up three impressive victories, including the Feltham in a time 2.8sec quicker than Kauto Star clocked in the King George last year.

However it has been far from plain sailing since for David Pipe's seven-year-old who found little after travelling into contention down the hill in the RSA Chase, eventually trailing in 18 lengths down despite turning for home in contention.

Then, back at Prestbury Park, he produced his most disappointing performance to date in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with Scudamore forced to pull up the 7-4 favourite before the second last.

"After the Feltham last year I thought he would be very tough to beat in the King George," Scudamore told the Racing Post on Sunday. "He's got to bounce back but when he's good he's very, very good.

"He's got a couple of disappointing runs to put behind him. Things haven't quite worked out since [the Feltham] but he seems back to his best at home.

"It's hard to say if that will translate to the track because he seemed in great form before the Paddy Power. He's had a breathing op since then and hopefully that'll do the trick. If the real Grands Crus turns up, he'll make them all go."

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