Betfair Chase runner-up Dynaste delights connections

by OneFastHorse 10 months ago

It’s rare that you see the connections of a horse who finished second in a major race look so happy, but there was no hiding the delight of trainer David Pipe and jockey Tom Scudamore after their Dynaste ran an absolute blinder on his first outing in the big league over fences to chase home the outstanding Cue Card in a thrilling renewal of the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 24, writes Elliot Slater.
 
The winner of four of his five outings over fences last term in his first season as a novice chaser, the former high-class staying hurdler met his only defeat over the larger obstacles when outpaced close home by Ireland’s Benefficient in the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last March. He subsequently went on to win at Aintree on his final outing of the campaign but was coming to Haydock on the back of a more than seven-month absence so had his fitness and ability to mix it with top-notchers to prove.
 
In a race packed with star performers Dynaste did not look out of place. He jumped accurately throughout and came away from the second last looking as though he might well win, but in the end couldn’t quite handle the tremendously gutsy front-runner Cue Card, who eventually stayed on best to score by four-and-a-half lengths. Behind Dynaste in third was the classy Silviniaco Conti, while two Cheltenham Gold Cup winners – reigning champion Bobs Worth and former champ Long Run – were both some way further back.
 
Dynaste has been slashed to just 15.5 on Betfair.com having been as much as double those odds for the Gold Cup prior to his Haydock heroics, and is likely to next be seen in action in what could be a thrilling rematch with Cue Card in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

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