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Crus team cautious on King bid

Grands Crus' part-owner Roger Stanley maintains no hasty decisions will be taken over whether the grey runs in the King George VI Chase.

Kempton on Boxing Day is very much the aim for the seven-year-old, who was such an impressive winner of the Feltham Novices' Chase over course and distance 12 months ago.

But he has only appeared twice since then and has underachieved on both occasions, finishing a well-beaten fourth behind Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase and then being pulled up on his reappearance when a scalding hot favourite for the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Trainer David Pipe then sought the advice of renowned vet Geoff Lane, who suggested he had a procedure to cauterise his palate to improve breathing.

"I don't think he's in full swing yet, but he's very well and I think David's very happy with him," said Stanley.

"He's obviously fit, but we want to see the real Grands Crus come back."

Grands Crus had beaten both Bobs Worth, the subsequent winner of the Hennessy, and Betfair and Charlie Hall Chase hero Silviniaco Conti in the Feltham, and Stanley said: "It's testament to the novices of last year that they have done so well and we want to be part of it, but he won't run if he's less than 100%.