Tom Scudamore surveyed the fall from grace of Grands Crus and insisted: I’ll never lose faith.
The eight-year-old has not won a race since beating Gold Cup contender Silviniaco Conti in the Grade 1 Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton in December 2011.
Bobs Worth, who heads the market for the blue riband event at the Cheltenham Festival, was third that day.
However, Grands Crus has failed to reproduce the same form in four starts over the past 12 months.
But Scudamore continues to be impressed with the grey at home. And with possible tilts at the Ryanair Chase and World Hurdle at Cheltenham this week – not to mention Aintree on the horizon – the jockey is hopeful Grands Crus can bounce back to his best.
‘He felt in really good order this week and he was keen again, which is always a good sign,’ said Scudamore.
‘Obviously there is Aintree and Cheltenham but the main thing is he felt really good and is a happy horse.
‘You never lose faith in a horse like that.
‘He has been a little bit disappointing for a year but you know the engine is there.
‘I mean, crikey, he has beaten two Gold Cup favourites and has given Big Buck’s a scare.
‘He is one hell of a horse, with one hell of an engine.
‘We just want to get him back competing in the races he deserves to be.’
Scudamore partnered 6/5-favourite Speedy Bruere to victory in the Cheltenham Ten To Follow At totepool.com Handicap Chase on Wednesday.
‘His jumping really won it for him,’ said the jockey.
‘The better ground helped him out, too.
‘But that was a good run and hopefully there is more to come from him.’