RSA Chase option preferable ahead of Gold Cup for Grands Crus

Grands Crus will contest Wednesday’s RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival rather than tackle Friday’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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 to step up to full company for the Gold Cup, but Pipe has confirmed he will stick to the novice route for now.

He said on his website: “After weeks of speculation, I am pleased to announce that Grands Crus will participate in this year’s RSA Chase on the Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival.”