Alex Hammond's ten to follow

  • Last Updated: November 13 2012, 9:24 GMT

Sky Sports News presenter Alex Hammond continues her list of ten to follow with Waaheb and Grands Crus.

Alex Hammond's ten to follow

Dermot Weld's Waaheb looked a horse to follow last season but a few niggling injuries kept him off the track. He had his first start since May 2011 in a 2 mile Hurdle at Fairyhouse last month and it was an impressive debut over obstacles.

His trainer has described him as a talented horse with a lot of class and he is a leading contender for top novice hurdle honours and will no doubt be targetted at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

A horse who should be able to get us off the mark quickly is David Pipe's Grands Crus who is favourite for Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Chetlenham. He was a top class novice chaser last season winning three of his four starts, with his one defeat coming in the RSA Chase.

He finished fourth there when not running to his best form and can be forgiven his lacklustre effort. Saturday's Cheltenham contest looks like an ideal starting point for the grey who could run in many of the top two and a half to three mile chases this term.


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