The decision by David Pipe not to run Dynaste in yesterday's RSA Chase but wait instead for today's Jewson Novice Chase, can reap rewards.
The grey is regarded as the best novice chaser in the Pond House yard and with the ground being testing, the shorter 2m 4f trip is regarded as more suitable. The demands of the RSA, can set a young prospect back in his career as Pipe found out last year with Grands Crus.
“Touch wood he's the best horse in either race. We thought that on the ground the RSA could be a real slog, so we've leant towards the Jewson,” said Pipe.
Dynaste has won all his three races over fences between two-and-a-half and three miles and has been ante-post favourite for both races and should bring his 'A' game to the Festival in winning style.
The Irish are strong-handed with Arvika Ligeonnaire, Aupcharlie and Boston Bob, all from the Willie Mullins stable which was successful 12 months ago with Gold Cup fancy Sir Des Champs, while Texas Jack, just touched off by Boston Bob in the Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown, goes here instead of waiting for the Fairyhouse meeting.
However, it will take something a bit special to deny the Pipe grey and he should be supported with confidence.