DYNAMITE DYNASTE; IN ASSOCIATION WITH Pipe's explosive grey to light up Bowl.
DINE out on DYNASTE (2.30) tonight, he can settle an old score with Silviniaco Conti in the Betfred Bowl.
David Pipe's grey was shattered by Tony Martin's 20-1 shot Benefficient when red hot fav in last year's Jewson, but put that behind him when sluicing up over today's course and distance, with Rocky Creek trailing over 20l in his wake.
There was nothing wrong in his seasonal bow in the Betfair at Haydock where he went down by four lengths to Cue Card, with Silviniaco over a length back in third.
He disappointed behind that pair in the King George when it was subsequently revealed he had damaged back muscles and has since undergone a wind operation. He certainly looked a revitalised horse when powering up the hill to the Ryanair last month and I'm looking for another massive performance.
Jockey Tom Scudamore said: "At no stage during the Ryanair did I want to rush him, which is why it maybe looked like I was quite far back. It was always the intention to come very late."
Every year Cheltenham throws up stories of horses who should have won at the Festival and are seeking justice at Aintree. The list is long and we all know the racing game is anything but fair. But one horse who did strike me as unfortunate was CALIPTO (2.00).
I was concentrating on my own selection Guitar Pete, who finished third, but Daryl Jacob must have been gutted when Calipto's stirrup leather snapped approaching the second last and he soon lost his irons. Who knows what might have been, but he has an ideal opportunity to set the record straight and I think he will.
While we're on about unlucky runs punters who backed THE NEW ONE (3.05) must have been cursing in the Champion Hurdle. When poor Our Conor suffered a fatal fall at the third, Twister's star was badly hampered and dropped back to seventh. After looking to be outpaced two out, he flew up the hill to finish third and looked full of running. The step up in trip should be ideal for him and I'd consider sticking in Grumeti for the forecast.
Enda Bolger knows a thing or two about Foxhunters so when he decided to swerve Cheltenham with MOSSEY JOE (3.40) to wait for Aintree, the hint should be taken. The form is all in the book and with a little luck in running (obviously round here) this should be a stroll.
CLARET CLOAK (4.15) will take all the beating if putting in a clear round. Travelling like the winner two out in the Grand Annual, a blunder halted Emma Lavelle's novice's momentum, but he rallied gamely and was not beaten far in third. Today's track should suit him fine and he has the right man in the plate in Noel Fehily.
WESTERN WARHORSE (4.50) can add to a great day for Pond House in the Manifesto Chase. The six-year-old can prove his Arkle victory over Champagne Fever was no fluke and the extra four furlongs should play to his strengths. He seemed tapped for toe at one stage, but he jumped for fun and certainly has an engine.
CAROLE'S DESTRIER (5.25) looks worth an interest in the last. The Kayf Tara gelding creeps in here at the bottom of the handicap and Neil Mulholland's gelding has made steady progress this season. There was plenty to like about his game success at Kempton last month and Michae Byrne can steer him home again.
A NASTE PIECE OF WORK David Pipe's grey Dynaste can storm clear of his rivals today in the Betfair Bowl