The right crus is
stronger, broader and longer than the left, and originates from the anterolateal surface of the first three lumbar vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs (IVDs).
GRANDS Crus is
set to return to the smaller obstacles, with owner Roger Stanley pinpointing next Thursday's Ladbrokes World Hurdle as his Cheltenham Festival target.
Long Run was placed a couple of seasons ago in this race off 1lb higher and Grands Crus is
a faster horse and better jumper than Long Run was when he was embarking on his second season over fences.
"We've seen what Big Buck's has done this year and for us to get as close to Big Buck's shows how good he is and how good Grands Crus is
The same dichotomy holds for quasi- pseudoplurals: In CRU~CRUS and TAXI~TAXIS from Figure 2 we are clearly not dealing with pseudo- plurality because the -s in CRUS and TAXIS is pronounced as [s], but only CRUS is
a true 'quasi-pseudo-plural' because the spoken vowel in CRU and CRUS is
"Grands Crus is
obviously a very, very good horse," concedes Nicholls, "but he'll have to be very, very good to beat Big Buck's on what we've all seen.
Big Buck's is a best-price even-money to win a third World Hurdle with Victor Chandler while Grands Crus is
5-2 with Boylesports.
Sprinter Sacre will step out of novice company but Grands Crus is
poised to run in the Betfairsponsored novice chase over 3m.
Grands Crus is
a novice, of course, and the debate centres on the wisdom of permitting a very talented but relatively inexperienced steeplechaser to take on case-hardened warriors who have been around the track a few times already.
No offence to the great and good of racing among whom he sits at the Sir Peter O'Sullevan award lunch but Grands Crus is
about to run and he's understandably rather keen to see how he gets on.
While Grands Crus is
likely to be aimed at either the RSA Chase - for which he is a best-priced 6-1 with Ladbrokes - or the Jewson at the Cheltenham Festival, David Pipe did not rule out a Gold Cup entry, even though he "has a long way to go".