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GRANDS CRUS GOES FOR RSA CHASE

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Grands Crus: It's the RSA

Grands Crus: It's the RSA

Grands Crus: It's the RSA

Grands Crus will run in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer David Pipe had been deliberating between the two options for his unbeaten novice, who was last seen when landing the Grade One Feltham Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

Connections had been tempted by the Gold Cup, but Pipe confirmed he will stick to the novice route for now.

He told At The Races: "We had a chat with the owners and the defining thing is you have to do what is right for the horse and in our opinion at this stage of his career the RSA is the right race for him.

"It's what we thought for him as an individual. I'm sure he could cope with the Gold Cup, but hopefully we might be going there next year.

"You're always going into unknown territory, but Tom Scudamore was confident of him getting the Gold Cup trip.

"It's a decision we've made for the horse and the best for him. He's in good form, he's had a good preparation and we wish the race was today.

"Unfortunately Grands Crus and Tom parted company schooling the other day, but all was OK afterwards. Tom schooled him on Sunday and he jumped well.

"You never want these things to happen but they do and he was fine afterwards."

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