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Grands Crus Sails to Cleeve Hurdle Victory
29/01/11

1 Grands Crus 2/1F
2 Knockara Beau 33/1
3 Restless Harry 7/1
NR: Ballyfoy (IRE), Benbane Head (USA)
14 ran Distances: 10l, hd, ¾l
TIME 6m 3.60s (slow by 22.60s)

Grands Crus was a brilliant winner of the Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in the hands of Tom Scudamore and looks a real threat to Big Buck's in March.

Fair Along
© Grossick Racing Photography

Fair Along

David Pipe's 2-1 favourite, who bolted up on his latest appearance in a Haydock handicap, was taking a marked step up in class but travelled powerfully and was laughing at his rivals running down the hill.

The grey held a huge advantage turning for home and after safely negotiating the final flight, he was pushed up the run-in to score by a hugely impressive 10 lengths.

A delighted Scudamore said: "He's quite good isn't he! You'd have to say he's bang there. Big Buck's is the one to beat (in the World Hurdle) but if anything is going to beat him, it's going to be us.

"He switched off lovely early but then got a bit keen halfway through the race. Every time we step him up in his work he does everything so easily."

Pipe added: "Most dreams are shattered here, but he's done that exceptionally nicely.

"I've always held him in the highest regard and he's proved it today. Today was the World Hurdle without Big Buck's and let's hope we both get there in good form. I wouldn't swap him for anything - even Big Buck's."

Elaborating on Grands Crus's character, Pipe went on: "He's a unique horse. He's very quiet in his box and has his head down on the way to the gallops but once he gets to the gallops, you can't stop him.

"Tom (Scudamore) got there too soon last time at Haydock and we just wanted to hold on to him as long as possible. Tom said I wouldn't have been able to hold on to him today!"

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Grands Crus
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 4lbs
2 - 1
Winner
2
Knockara Beau
G A Charlton
Jan Faltejsek
11st 0lbs
33 - 1
10 lengths
3
Restless Harry
R Dickin
H Oliver
11st 4lbs
7 - 1
Head
4
Mobaasher
Miss V Williams
A Coleman
11st 0lbs
14 - 1
3/4 length
5
Bensalem
A King
R Thornton
11st 0lbs
11 - 2
7 lengths
6
Arcalis
J Howard Johnson
B Hughes
11st 0lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
7
Cristal Bonus
Evan Williams
A P McCoy
11st 8lbs
20 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
8
Kayf Aramis
N A Twiston-Davies
P J Brennan
11st 0lbs
33 - 1
6 lengths
9
Fair Along
P J Hobbs
R P Flint
11st 8lbs
16 - 1
2 lengths
10
Gwanako
P F Nicholls
Nick Scholfield
11st 0lbs
25 - 1
11 lengths
11
Hills Of Aran
W K Goldsworthy
J E Moore
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
3/4 length
12
Spirit River
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 4lbs
15 - 2
15 lengths
13
Organisateur
P F Nicholls
Ian Popham
11st 0lbs
6 - 1
1/2 length
PulledUp
Sweet Seville
T T Clement
T J Murphy
10st 7lbs
200 - 1
NonRunner
Benbane Head
M Keighley
W Marston
11st 0lbs
-
NonRunner
Ballyfoy
Jamie Poulton
R Greene
11st 0lbs
-
       

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