Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase 2012 

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Dynamite Dynaste Delights in Debut Over Fences

1 Dynaste 7/4
2 Fingal Bay 5/4F
3 Unioniste 5/1
5 ran Distances: 4½l, 4l, 9l
TIME 5m 6.38s (slow by 8.38s)

Dynaste followed in the hoofprints of his smart stablemate Grands Crus as he made a stunning fencing debut, powering away with the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase, the first event of the Open meeting at Cheltenham.

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Tom Scudamore was happy to bide his time on David Pipe's 7-4 chance as Unioniste made a bold bid from the front, with favourite Fingal Bay on his heels.

Scudamore was still sitting at the rear of the field at the third-last as Fingal Bay hit the front and kicked for home, but Dynaste was travelling well and when he was sent up to join the leader at the last, he accelerated away on landing and passed the post a comfortable four-and-a-half-length victor.

Scudamore said: "We've always known he was a very good horse. You can't fail to have been impressed by that. It was probably more of a speed test and that suited him."

Pipe added: "It was nice to get it over with. He jumped well - they didn't go that quick - and he's quickened up well. He looked like he won a little bit cosily in the end.

"He's French and he's neat - we were pleased with his schooling at home. This is not his Gold Cup today and I'm sure he'll improve for it. We were getting weight off Fingal Bay, and Fingal Bay might be more of a three-miler.

"Does he need many (races)? He didn't look too bad there, jumping wise. He's still in the Betfair Chase, but that would be unlikely. Grands Crus (last year's Pipe-trained winner) went to Newbury and then to the Feltham, and going down that route is a possibility."

Trainer Philip Hobbs said of Fingal Bay: "He jumped very well and was just beaten by a better horse. Dynaste was a seriously good hurdler and we were giving him weight. I suppose we'll go for the Feltham, but I don't know whether we'll run before that."


Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase
£20,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 110y, Class 2
5 ran
Going: Good to soft (good in places on chase and hurdle courses)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 2lbs
7 - 4
Fingal Bay
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 7lbs
5 - 4
4 1/2 lengths
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 2lbs
5 - 1
4 lengths
Carlito Brigante
G Elliott
D N Russell
11st 10lbs
14 - 1
9 lengths
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 2lbs
28 - 1
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