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Pipe mulls Grand Crus Cheltenham Gold Cup option

David Pipe is yet to announce which race Grand Crus will tackle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival and the trainer appears to be giving very little away ahead of the meeting. (credit: Will Palmer)
David Pipe is yet to announce which race Grand Crus will tackle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival and the trainer appears to be giving very little away ahead of the meeting.

Grand Crus has the option of either tackling the RSA Chase or waiting until the Friday for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Pipe is yet to decide where he thinks the superstar should line up.

Speaking this week Pipe explained:  "We will decide nearer the time.  We have to see what's in the races and look at ground conditions and everything else.

"Horses do miss Cheltenham for various reasons, not that we want that to happen, and that will make an impact on which race he runs in.

"I'm just keeping an open mind and we'll all sit down and have a chat. I'm sure a decision won't be made until seven to 10 days before the race, and we've still got until the five-day declaration stage.

"It's not that we're not telling people - we're keeping our options open - and if anyone wants to back him, they should back him 'with a run' for either race."

"We have to decide if he's ready for it (Gold Cup) and look at the opposition. Those are two things.  Can he travel at the pace of the Gold Cup? I would say yes.

"Can he jump at the pace of the Gold Cup? I'd say that's the only issue.

"He has jumped well and was impressive at Kempton. That's what we're looking into."
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Pipe mulls Grand Crus Cheltenham Gold Cup option

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