Dynaste: ready to do battle in Betfred BowlPICTURE: Getty Images
Bold show expected from Dynaste at Aintree
FOR the David Pipe yard, this year's Cheltenham Festival was highly memorable with three winners, and two of the victorious trio are set to run on the first day of the Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Ryanair hero Dynaste is set to go back up in trip for the Betfred Bowl on Thursday, a move which should not trouble the eight-year-old, who is 5-2 second favourite with the sponsors.
Jockey Tom Scudamore said longer trips would hold no fear for him aboard the horse in the immediate aftermath of his Ryanair win, and Pipe was similarly positive in his blog.
The trainer said: "I am pleased to report that he is good order at home, so I am hopeful of a bold show from him. A course-and-distance winner last season in the Mildmay, conditions look likely to suit him again and it should certainly be an exciting renewal with the likes of Silviniaco Conti and First Lieutenant likely to line up against him."
Arkle winner Western Warhorse is also set to be in action on Thursday in the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices' Chase, while Byrne Group Plate winner Ballynagour goes for the Melling Chase on Friday.
Pipe added: "A reproduction of Ballynagour's latest effort would make him very difficult to beat, although history shows that he has a very in and out profile. We have been pleased with him since, although I would advise any prospective supporters to air a degree of caution."
For the Grand National, which Pipe won in 2008 with Comply Or Die, Our Father and The Package are already guaranteed runs, but an anxious wait is in store for another prospective runner, Swing Bill.
The 13-year-old veteran, who was sixth in the race last year, is 42nd in the list, with declarations for the 40-runner race to be made on Thursday. Pipe said: "If he misses the cut, he will run instead in the Topham Chase."