Dynaste: will miss Wetherby but could start season off in Paddy PowerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Paddy Power Gold Cup on agenda for Dynaste
DYNASTE, ante-post favourite for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on November 16, will miss Wetherby this Saturday but could start his season off in the Grade 3 trainer David Pipe has revealed.
Pipe won the race in 2011 with Great Endeavour, and speaking on At The Races on Wednesday morning, ruled the seven-year-old out of the bet365 hurdle at Wetherby on Saturday following unsatisfactory work.
"He's not going to run now at Wetherby. We are going to wait for the Paddy Power or the Betfair," Pipe said.
"The idea was to run at Wetherby, but he worked a bit flat (on Tuesday) and we are now going to wait for one of the other two races.
"I was speaking to his owner earlier and I think we'll leave it until closer to the time (to decide which one). Preference had been for the Betfair at Haydock, but he is entered in the Paddy Power and is 5-1 favourite for that.
"The King George is his main target for the first half of the season. Obviously he won the Feltham very easily last year. He likes the track and he'll like the soft ground, so that's his first aim. He looks really well and had been working well, but he just didn't work well on Tuesday. We are just being cautious as it's a long season."
The Paddy Power Gold Cup has attracted a high-class selection of entrants, with 49 runners engaged for one of the early season highlights of the jumps season.
Champion trainer Nicky Henderson has a potentially strong hand, as Finian's Rainbow, Captain Conan, Rajdhani Express, Kid Cassidy, Triolo d'Alene, Nadiya de La Vega and Ma Filleule have all been given entries.
Henderson said: "We have got seven in the Paddy Power and all of them are very possible runners at this stage, but it is just a case of assessing things nearer the time.
"Captain Conan could go, as could Nadiya De La Vega - she ran a very good race last year. Rajdhani Express is the horse we have always been pointing in that direction. He has done well over the summer and obviously there is no problem with jockey arrangements there because Sam (Waley-Cohen) will ride him.
"Finian's Rainbow would be the very interesting one because he has had a wind operation and I am very hopeful that he will come back to himself. He ran very well at Sandown on his final start last season and look what the winner (Sire De Grugy) did on Saturday - they are calling him the young pretender to Sprinter Sacre now. Finian's showed there that he is on his way back, but he does need good ground to be seen at his best."
Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins has four entries, including Terminal and Marito, while Colbert Station (Ted Walsh), Texas Jack (Noel Meade) and Benefficient (Tony Martin) could all journey over.
Other interesting possible runners include Katenko, Champion Court, Tap Night, Colour Squadron and Old Roan Chase winner Conquisto.
Don't miss Pricewise's verdict on the Paddy Power Gold Cup in Thursday's Racing Post