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Scu hoping for Grands revival

Tom Scudamore feels a more generous pace in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot could finally get the best out of Grands Crus.

Capable of giving Big Buck's a fright in the staying division back in 2011, the great hope of David Pipe's team made a smooth start to life over fences but since he was third in last year's King George, his form has unravelled.

Disappointing in two more starts during the campaign, Grands Crus returned to hurdling for his first outing this season but dropped away when a hot favourite for a Pertemps Qualifier at Kempton.

"The other day I was trying to anchor him but he was in charge," Scudamore told At The Races.

"Hopefully we'll get more of a true run race on Saturday and just see how the race pans out but it's not that long ago he was showing tip-top form and if he shows something like that he's going to go very close."