David Pipe has yet to make a final decision on where stable star Grands Crus will start off his season.
The top-class staying hurdler made a brilliant start to his career over fences last term, winning at Cheltenham, Newbury and in the Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton.
He disappointed when a hot favourite for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but has pleased his trainer since returning from his summer break and a decision on his starting point is not far away.
The talented grey is ante-post favourite for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham next month.
Pipe said: “He’s in good order and I’m pleased with where he is at the moment.
“I’m not sure yet where he’s going to start off. I’ll have a chat with the owners and we’ll go from there.
“There are a few options and the races he can run in are fairly obvious, including the Paddy Power and the Betfair Chase at Haydock, but I need to discuss things with the owners before making a decision.”
Aiming to follow in Grands Crus’ hoofprints this term will be Dynaste, another with form at the highest level in staying hurdles who will soon embark on a career over fences.
“He’s in good order and he’ll be going novice chasing at some point,” said Pipe. “If it keeps raining, he could be out before too long. He’s not far away.”