Grands Cruises to Victory

Grands Crus, with the guidance of jockey Tom Scudamore, scored a very comfortable victory against 17 challengers in the Paddy Power Intermediate Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday.

David Pipe

David Pipe

The David Pipe trained grey tracked the leaders early, challenged three out and soon progressed to the lead, running on strongly to cross the line six lengths the better of race favourite For Non Stop, with King's Legacy further behind by eleven lengths, in third place.

"He's done it nicely. He was a bit keen early on. I tried to drop him in but he pulled his way there," said winning jockey Scudamore.

"Once he settled, they hadn't gone much of a gallop, it all worked out perfectly in the end. He's got some good form from last season."

Pipe said of his charge, "He has always been a horse I thought a lot of but I thought he would come on a bit for the run and it was a question of whether he finished up the hill.

"There is the option of going for the valuable three-mile handicap hurdle at Haydock next weekend, as he has taken quick races in the past."

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