Dynaste puts in one of his many good jumps at Cheltenham on FridayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
debut for Pipe's Dynaste
Report: Cheltenham, Friday
Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase 2m4½f, 4yo+
DYNASTE made a successful debut over fences as he - and his rivals - put in an impressive round of jumping at Cheltenham.
So impressed were bookmakers that his price was slashed for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with Paddy Power making him the 6-1 favourite (from 11) for the race.
Inexperienced chasers around Cheltenham often results in more than the odd mistake but the five runners that lined up for this race were almost flawless throughout the race.
Unioniste and Fingal Bay set the example for their rivals behind them, measuring the fences and clearing them soundly, although Dynaste, Carlito Brigante and Thehillofuisneach were equally as good.
Running down the hill to the third last the pace picked up with Unioniste scrubbed along and Fingal Bay being nudged while Dynaste travelled powerfully for Tom Scudamore.
Approaching two out Fingal Bay took charge and led but Scudamore was still going the best, taking a pull on Dynaste before moving his mount up to challenge at the final fence.
Over the last and off up the hill Dynaste went with Scudamore looking assured in the saddle to give trainer David Pipe back-to-back wins in the race.
Pipe said: "We thought the ground might be tiring and this would take a bit of getting. He's quickened nicely up the hill. He's not slow yet he stays three miles. The lads said he would have turn of foot at the end. He won nicely and we'll go on from here.
"He is more straightforward than Grands Crus. We had planned on running him earlier in the season but he cut himself a couple of times schooling which held us up. This is a good place to introduce a horse. You usually get a small field so hopefully not meet too much trouble.
"We are the highest rated hurdler, getting weight from Fingal Bay. Saying that he has quickened up nicely and I wouldn't swap him."
He added: "We went to Newbury next and then the Feltham with Grands Crus and it's possible we could do that. We will enjoy the moment. He's a very good horse and improving with age."