Dynaste jumps ahead of Third Intention on his way to Mildmay victoryPICTURE: Getty Images
Dynaste runs out the easy winner of Mildmay
Report: Aintree, Friday
John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m1f, 5yo+
DYNASTE put in a flawless display to run out an impressive winner of the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase, in doing so firmly consigning his defeat at the Cheltenham Festival last month to history.
The seven-year-old was many people's idea of a Cheltenham banker in the Jewson Novices' Chase, but he found one too good in Benefficient and today the market support came for Rocky Creek to put another dent in the David Pipe-trained gelding's armour.
However, despite being sent off 9-4 joint-favourite with Rocky Creek it was essentially a one-horse race from two out, Dynaste never having to come off the bridle to get the better of Third Intention, who put in a lifetime best to finish second.
Rocky Creek was made to look one-paced in third.
Super Duty and Rocky Creek cut out the pace and Tom Scudamore was happy to bide his time on Dynaste towards the rear of the six-runner field.
As Super Duty began to toil after four out it appeared that Third Intention was travelling the strongest, but Dynaste soon left him for dead, Scudamore punching the air in jubilation as he crossed the line.
Irish raider Sea Of Thunder was pulled up in the early stages as if something was amiss, while Vino Griego appeared to be outclassed on his step up to Group 2 company.
Scudamore said: "I wasn't that happy early on but the faster they went the better.
"I knew I was going to have more toe than my opponents so I was told whatever happens just ride him with ultra-confidence.
"He just takes you where you want to go. He was a joy to ride.
Pipe said: "I don't know if we were in tip-top form at Cheltenham - perhaps we were just beaten by a better horse.
"We'll be looking at the Paddy Power and the King George next season and take it from there."
Paddy Power cut Dynaste to 6-1 (from 10) for the King George, while BetVictor go the same price (from 8) and 16-1 (from 25) for the Gold Cup. William Hill are a point bigger for the King George at 7-1 (from 12) and go 14-1 (from 20) the Gold Cup.