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  • 16:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • £17,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £10,635 2nd £3,142 3rd £1,571 4th £785
  • Going: Good; Cross Country Firm-Good to Firm in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 1.10s
  • Off time: 16:07:56

Grands Crus' chase debut

Exciting novices set for Cheltenham run

Last Updated: 10/11/11 11:37am

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Grands Crus: Chasing bow on Friday

Grands Crus: Chasing bow on Friday

Cue Card and Grands Crus will face off in a high quality renewal of the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

Colin Tizzard's former Champion Bumper winner has already won over fences this season, but David Pipe's World Hurdle runner-up will be making his chasing bow in the 2m 4f contest.

The race is far from a match-up however, as the field of seven includes Martin Keighley's Champion Court and former Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar, who is now trained by Nick Williams having left Nicky Henderson last season.

Gary Moore's Vino Griego, Nigel Twiston-Davies' Sybarite and Paul Nicholls' former point-to-point winner Dualla Lord complete the line-up.

Pipe admits that he would prefer the ground to be softer but is sure the Cheltenham groundstaff will ensure it is safe.

"I'm sure there'll be a few butterflies tomorrow," said Pipe.

"He improved as the season went on last year. He's only six, he's schooled nicely at home and hopefully he can do that on the track and tomorrow is the starting point of his new career over fences. I hope it goes well.

"It's a small field which I suppose is ideal, but there are some good horses in there.

"Cheltenham is as good a place as any to start off so I hope he runs well.

"He was always going to start around this time of year but he has probably come to hand a little quicker than we expected.

"I'm sure he'll improve for his first run but he's quick enough to do himself justice.

"We would want the ground softer but as long as it is safe he'll be fine."

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