Of all the favourites at the Cheltenham Festival Grands Crus is arguably the weakest and he can be taken on in the RSA Chase with gutsy stayer Bobs Worth, who i second in the odds with Bet365 as Nicky Henderson looks for Cheltenham glory on Day two.
This race has historically been a real test of a horse’s stamina resolves and has found out some classy horses that look brilliant in their prep races but then struggle to find enough battling skills to prevail in the RSA.
And although Grands Crus is a two-time winner at Cheltenham, there are still question marks regarding his staying power and there is no way we can advocate taking a near-odds on price on that type of horse, especially in this type of gruelling, stamina ridden, race.
Also, there are a couple of damming trends that look against him. Grands Crus won the Feltham in commanding style earlier this season but no horse has ever done the Feltham-RSA double in 17 attempts whilst the last 48 winners of the race had already had another run in the same calendar year – David Pipe’s favourite hasn’t.
It has paid in the past to latch onto a horse that has yet to peak at other tracks but comes to life at Cheltenham. Trabolgan (2nd), Rule Supreme (3rd), Garrison Savannah (5th), A Kinsmen (2th) and Lesley Ann (3th) have all finished behind the winner of the Feltham before going onto win the RSA and the same can be said for horses that have been beaten in the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot.
Bobs Worth finished third and second in those races, respectively, and is unbeaten at Cheltenham. He has the perfect profile for finding the winner of this type of race and at 7/2 he looks a great alternative to the favourite.
His jumping had admittedly been a bit sketchy this season but hopefully returning to Prestbury Park will improve that, and all looks set for a huge run.