Dynaste: first big target is the Betfair Chase at Haydock next monthPICTURE: Getty Images
Pipe ponders drop back to two miles for Dynaste
DYNASTE could make his comeback in the Grade 2 Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Saturday with trainer David Pipe offering the tantalising idea of dropping his stable star down to 2m at some point during the season.
Owned by John White, Dynaste claimed the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March while also finishing second in the Betfair Chase and Betfred Bowl, both over 3m1f.
However, a drop back in trip to 2m has not been ruled out Pipe which could mean Dynaste taking on the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy later on in the season.
Speaking in the first of the Racing Post's Stable Tour series, Pipe said: "We'll look to bring him back in either the Old Roan Chase or the Charlie Hall; that will serve as a good prep for the Betfair Chase, his first big objective again. Then hopefully it will be on to Kempton for another crack at the King George.
"I think he's versatile trip-wise and haven't ruled out dropping him down to 2m at some point. Oddly enough, the Whites had a top-class chaser, Beau Ranger, with Dad many years ago and he ran in a Gold Cup and a Queen Mother Champion Chase.
"So could Dynaste end up back at the festival running in either of those races? I'll keep all options open - it depends, for example, how competitive the 2m division looks - although logically you'd have to say at this point he'll end up running in the Ryanair again."
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