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Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy Chase) (Grade 1) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner £156,612 2nd £58,768 3rd £29,425 4th £14,658 5th £7,370 6th £3,685
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 9.40s
  • Off time: 14:40:29
  • Last Updated: March 13 2014, 16:29 GMT

Dynaste banished memories of last year's defeat with a fine victory in the Grade One Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Dynaste has his day in the sun and wins the Ryanair Chase
Dynaste has his day in the sun and wins the Ryanair Chase

David Pipe's grey was widely expected to win the Jewson Novices' Chase 12 months ago and was knocked for his defeat to the re-opposing Benefficient but the eight year old got back on track after his King George flop under a fine ride from Tom Scudamore.

The two and a half mile contest was run at a fierce clip and Dynaste was among several runners that looked in trouble as Hidden Cyclone and Rajdhani Express kicked on down the hill.

Scudamore didn't panic, however, and pulled Dynaste wide on the track and gave him time to fill his lungs before launching his challenge and the pair began to make ground hand over fist approaching the last.

They met that fence perfectly and bounded up the hill to win by two and a quarter lengths from Hidden Cyclone with Rajdhani Express back in third.

Scudamore said: "He's taken some knocks so I'm pleased for the horse as he's gone and shown how good he is, and he's gone and shown it at Cheltenham in a Grade One.

"I'm delighted for the owners and for David because they've done a lot of hard work. He just wasn't himself after the King George, but that was the real him today. What a thrill.

Tom Scudamore "He's taken some knocks so I'm pleased for the horse as he's gone and shown how good he is, and he's gone and shown it at Cheltenham in a Grade One. I'm delighted for the owners and for David because they've done a lot of hard work"
Tom Scudamore

"I wasn't really going well early on, but the further I've gone the better he's gone. When they are very good you have to confidence that they'll get you back into contention."

Pipe said: "It's great, we came here last year as a good thing but finished second to Benefficient. Tom is riding great, you're only as good as the horses you sit on though and it's the same for trainers.

"If he came back to his Betfair run he had to have a chance and he was working nicely at home. We were confident but you have to be cautious at the same time.

"The more we switch him off, the further he'll get. We'll have a chat, he went to Aintree last year and won or there's Punchestown to consider as well. I expect he'll go somewhere."

Shark Hanlon said of the runner-up: "I seem to find one to beat me every time.

"He's run a great race, but just like the last day when Sire De Grugy beat us we've found one to beat us.

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"Andrew (McNamara) said just as he came up to the last he had a look around at the crowd and it's the difference between winning and losing.

"I'm gutted. He's been second in three Grade Ones now. He just seems to find one too good but he's a great horse. Everyone keeps telling me he's a two-miler but on this ground he doesn't have enough toe for that. He's off to the field now, but hopefully there's a big day in him."

Nicky Henderson provided both the third and fourth, with Hunt Ball filling the latter position. The trainer is now looking towards Aintree with Hunt Ball, who is owned by Atlantic Equine.

He said: "We could have run in the handicap, but to have third and fourth has made everyone very happy. To pardon a pun, the American owners have had a ball as Barry got off and said he should go for the National, but I don't want the owners to get too excited yet."


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