Dynaste Team Ponder new Haydock Target

David Pipe’s exciting chaser, Dynaste, was a high profile absentee from the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham’s feature November fixture, but may instead have his first start of the campaign at Haydock on November 23 in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase.

Although no official statement was made giving a reason for Dyanste’s absence from the Cheltenham contest – a race in which he was as short as 5/1 ante-post favourite with some racing betting firms. However, it is understood the flying grey needed a little more time before having his first outing of what could be a high profile 2013/14 campaign for last season’s Grade 1-wininng novice chaser.

A 6/1 shot (with Bet365) in the ante-post betting for the Betfair Chase – a race which could see the reappearance of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Bobs Worth, currently a 2/1 market leader – Dynaste, a high-class staying hurdler a couple of season ago would be taking on seasoned high-class performers for the first time over the larger obstacles.

Last term, the gelded son of Martaline took really well to chasing, winning the prestigious Steel Plate & Sections Novices Chase at Cheltenham’s in November where his defeat of the smart Fingal Bay marked him out immediately as a horse to follow. A Grade 2 winner at Newbury just a fortnight later, Pipe’s star then took his chance in the Grade 1 Feltham Novices Chase at Kempton Park’s showcase Boxing Day fixture and didn’t let supporters down in handing out a nine-length defeat to the useful Hadrian’s Approach.

On the back of that effort, it came as no surprise to see Dynaste sent off a short-priced favourite in the racing live betting odds for the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham festival in March. However, after leading at the third from home, he came to the end of his tether approaching the final fence and eventually finished runner-up to rising Irish star, Benefficient.

Normal service was resumed just a few weeks later at the Aintree Festival though as Tom Scudamore’s mount cosily defeated Third Intention in the Grade 2 John Smith’s Mildmay Novices Chase. If he runs well at Haydock then there is every chance that Dynaste will bid for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on December 26 where the sharp three miles and likely decent ground may well play to the strengths of this French-bred winner of six of his 16 career starts.

Joe Kaufman

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