Grands Crus - Cheltenham 11.11.2011

Grands Crus: decision to run in RSA Chase or Gold Cup to be made Monday

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Crus festival decision expected on Monday

CONNECTIONS of exciting novice chaser Grands Crus will make a decision about his Cheltenham Festival target before noon on Monday.

Grands Crus has the option to run in the RSA Chase or the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and trainer David Pipe, who was answering questions from Racing Post readers in an exclusive Q&A session on Twitter, said a decision would be made on Monday.

Pipe tweeted: "After decs tomorrow I will speak to the owners and a decision will be made before twelve.

He added: "Of course he has a big chance in the Gold Cup. There are rules about keeping novices in novice company but then there are some that break the rules."

Boston Bob shortened further for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday after trainer Willie Mullins suggested that he will "probably" run there rather than in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle two days earlier.

Boston Bob was cut to 2-1 (from 9-4) with bet365 on Saturday but the news on Sunday prompted the firm to take cover and go just 6-4 (from7-4).

He is best priced at 2-1 with Ladbrokes, who offer 5-2 about his chances in the Neptune behind 9-4 favourite Simonsig.

Willie Mullins top trainer Cheltenham - 18.3.11

Willie Mullins: said Boston Bob will probably run in the Albert Bartlett

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Mullins said: "Boston Bob will probably run in the Albert Bartlett while Midnight Game, Simenon and Allure Of Allusion will run in the Supreme on the Tuesday."

"In the Neptune on Wednesday Make Your Mark, Sous Les Cieux and possibly Felix Younger will run."

Mullins, who was top trainer at last year's Cheltenham Festival, confirmed he will launch a four-pronged assault on Thursday's Ladbrokes World Hurdle in a bidto deny Big Buck's a historic fourth win in the Grade 1 contest.

"Thousand Stars will run in the World Hurdle along with Mourad and I'll probably havefour runners in the race with Mikael D'Haguenet and So Young likely to run."

The festival is forecast to start on good, good to soft in places ground after clerk of the course Simon Claisse and his groundstaff completed the latest cycle of watering on the Old course on Sunday.

The only 'firm' in the ground will be in Tuesday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase with the largely in-field course good to firm on Sunday.

Speaking on Sunday, Claisse said: "It has been windy and sunny today. The forecast remains dry and warm with plenty of sunshine, and my hunch is that we will have to water the new course on Wednesday night."

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