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Pipe plans late Grands Crus call

David Pipe has stated a decision on the participation of Grands Crus in the King George at Kempton will be left until as late as possible.

The Pond House handler issued an upbeat bulletin on Monday after the grey came through a piece of work with flying colours.

Having had a breathing operation since being pulled up on his return in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Pipe is still monitoring his progress day by day.

Speaking on his website, the trainer said: "On a positive note, I am able to give an upbeat bulletin on Grands Crus, who continues to please me with his work at home following his wind operation.

"I am still hopeful that we will make the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, although I would stress that if you are interested in having a little wager on him; try to do so 'with a run'.

"A decision on his participation will be left until the eleventh hour to give him every chance and he will not run if he is not 100% ready."